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Fuel Prices Squeeze School District

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Rising fuel prices have hit at least one school district in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs pretty hard. District U-46 says it could go up to half-a-million dollars over its fuel budget this year.

The cost of busing students to and from school isn’t what it used to be. That’s according to John Prince, chief financial officer at U-46. He says the school district is already about $100,000 over its fuel budget this school year. And that’s with two months left to go.

PRINCE: Over the long haul, it’s really just going to pull money away from instructional activities from the district, which we view as a real negative thing.

Prince says the district back in March started consolidating bus rides. He says next year, schools may have to cut down on field trips and other extra programs.

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