- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) - A central Indiana school has canceled after-school activities and is busing students elsewhere for before- and after-school day care to conserve its dwindling amount of propane used for heating.

Superintendent Robert Taylor of the Lebanon Community School Corp. sent a letter to parents of Perry-Worth Elementary School students Monday explaining the conservation steps, which take effect Wednesday, and the lack of success in obtaining more propane.

“The concern was not so much the level that we currently have, but the apparent lack of fuel that we could buy to replace what we have,” Taylor told WISH-TV (https://bit.ly/1f9YLE4).

With a propane shortage affecting much of the United States, Taylor told parents the school district on Friday was unable to locate more propane and suppliers weren’t providing a possibly delivery date to the school that’s about 20 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The school corporation wants to purchase 9,000 gallons of propane, but it’s getting price quotes as high as $50,000, about four times what it paid in the fall, Taylor said.

Perry-Worth, the only school in the district that relies on propane for heating, has about 6,000 gallons of fuel left, which is enough to heat during class hours for about 15 days, or three weeks, Taylor said.

“During the daytime, you won’t notice a lot of difference” Principal Amber Targgart said. “Our primary goal was to make sure that learning could continue and that there would be no disruption and no discomfort.”

Scot Imus, executive director of the Indiana Propane Gas Association, said the shortage has been created by higher usage by farmers in the fall to dry crops, pipeline disruptions, extreme winter weather and increased propane exports.

“I’ve talked to members that have been in the business 40 years, and nobody has seen it this bad,” Imus said. “The industry is going through incredible lengths to get products.”


Information from: WISH-TV, https://www.wishtv.com/

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