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CMS faces bus fuel crunch

By Ann Doss Helms
ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is canceling field trips, tutoring and middle-school sports this week as hurricane-related diesel fuel shortages threaten districts across North Carolina.

CMS missed shipments on Friday and Saturday, said Derek Graham, the state official in charge of transportation. The state contracts with fuel suppliers, many of whom say they're having trouble making their deliveries because Hurrican Ike has disrupted supplies, Graham said.

“We've got some counties that just have a day or two of fuel left,” he said today.

The CMS cutbacks take effect Tuesday; officials said the focus is on making sure there's enough diesel to get kids to and from school.

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