B'ville exceeds fuel use estimate

The Baldwinsville Central School District will have overspent its allotted budget for diesel fuel this year. However, as of Monday, four days before the school year ends, the district had yet to exceed its fuel-use estimate.

A recent article in the Post Standard reported that Baldwinsville exceeded its fuel budget for this year, while districts like North Syracuse were able to stay within their budgets. Michael Shusda, assistant superintendent of the BCSD, said North Syracuse budgeted $350,000 more than Baldwinsville for fuel even though the two districts have relatively the same distance to cover with their buses.

"You have to look at amount budgeted and amount spent, not just who went over," Shusda said.

The BCSD also fills up the gas tanks in all the buses at the end of the school year, a practice that will cause the district to exceed the original estimate.

"We anticipate fuel costs going up in the summer so we top off all the tanks," Shusda said, adding the district should save money on fuel costs for transporting summer school students.

The BCSD also saves by purchasing fuel with dozens of other entities through BOCES.

"BOCES bids out for us so we get the lowest price possible," Shusda said.

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