Rising diesel costs leave some schools struggling to run buses

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The rising cost of diesel fuel has some school systems in Tennessee scrambling to find the money to keep their buses running.

Officials with Rhea County schools in East Tennessee said they may have to ask the state for help because their budget is so tight.

And school leaders in Cleveland are diverting spending to keep fuel for their fleet, which is 100 percent diesel.

Spring City Rep. Jim Cobb, a Republican, has described the situation as a building crisis.

That's an assessment Rhea County Board of Education chairman Bill Davault agrees with. He says diesel costs are going to put the county in the hole before the end of the year.

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