Chartiers Valley's diesel fuel contract to save money
How would you like to pay $2.86 a gallon for gas?
“I think most people would want that (deal) now,” said Nick Morelli, business director at Chartiers Valley School District.
Chartiers Valley is one of 22 school districts paying that amount — not for regular gasoline, but for the diesel fuel its buses use. The contract runs until June 30, 2013.
In 2011-12, Chartiers Valley paid $3.14 a gallon for diesel fuel.
This marks a savings of 45 cents a gallon, money that will go toward purchases in other parts of the budget, Morelli said.
“We are obviously very excited about it. Anytime you can save money like that, it is something to be grateful and excited about,” said Morelli, a member of the Allegheny Intermediate Consortium Committee.
This is the committee that solicited multiple bids for the diesel fuel contract, and eventually locked into a contract with Petroleum Trader Corp. of Indiana, Pa., for $286,000.
Forty-five area school districts are members of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Consortium; however, only 22 purchase diesel fuel.
The AIU buys more than 3 million gallons of diesel fuel a year, Morelli said. Of that, Chartiers Valley buys about 100,000 gallons for its 57 buses.
Forty-three of the buses transport 72 students, and 14 are passenger vans that can carry 24 students, Morelli said.
Although he was not specific, Superintendent Brian White said he is looking forward to using the extra money for “instructional purposes.”
“That's what we want to do with it. It will go straight there,” White said last week.
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit Consortium will begin looking at the gas price trends again at the beginning of the year, Morelli said. Bids will be sought sometime in May.
Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or email@example.com.
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