School Administrators Already Concerned About Gas Prices

Plattsburgh, NY – Most school districts completed their budgets and presented them to the voters this past spring. Since that time, prices for gas have risen dramatically. Crude oil prices spiked this morning at more than 70-dollars a barrel. Hurricane Katrina is impacting the US energy infrastructure, including refining capacity, prompting one oil analyst to say the storm could be unmitigated bad news for consumers.
School districts across the nation and across the region budgeted for an increase in gas prices, but none planned for prices as high as they are now. And those prices continue to climb. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talked to school officials about long-term concerns over rising gas and fuel oil prices.