Diesel shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy halts Beaufort County field trips

rheaton@beaufortgazette.comNovember 19, 2012 

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A few Beaufort County School District field trips have been canceled this week because of disruptions from Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled the Northeast in late October.

The storm caused a diesel shortage, leading district officials to reduce the amount of fuel buses can use, said instructional services chief Gregory McCord.

Five field trips scheduled for Monday and today have been canceled, according to McCord, who added that the cancellations did not cost the district any money.

A few field trips still went on. Sixth-graders in northern Beaufort County attended an anti-bullying skit by the Beaufort High School theater department Monday morning. Southern Beaufort County sixth-graders also will attend the skit this morning at Bluffton and Hilton Head Island high schools.

The district has enough diesel to make school bus runs to and from school each day, McCord said. He was also notified by the S.C. Department of Education, which owns most of the 166 buses the district uses, that it has a fuel reserve.

An attempt to reach state Education Department officials was unsuccessful.

McCord said he had been told that the diesel reserve would allow buses across the state to continue to run between homes and schools without problem.

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