CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- When filling up your pick up truck these days makes you stop and scratch your head, consider filling up hundreds of buses with 100 gallon tanks.
It's obviously a huge growing expense your school districts are dealing with and the road is getting bumpier for administrators who manage the bus fleets.
Kenton County transports thousands of students a day, five days a week. The bad news is the buses average only a mere seven to eight miles to the gallon.
"We have 173 buses and the price for diesel fuel is $4.20 a gallon," said Gerald Turner, with the Kenton County School District Transportation Department. "we run 11,000 miles on a daily basis and its going to be a struggle for us."
As diesel prices climb, school administrators across the Tri-state are crunching transportation numbers trying to figure out how to pay for the fuel.
"We ended up last year our budget increase was $400,000 in fuel alone," said Turner.
Cincinnati Public Schools say they've dodged the gas bullet by having a transportation contract with an independent bus provider.
"We continued to be covered and protected from fuel prices (due to an) escalation clause," said Terry Elfers with Cincinnati Public Schools.