Replacing the fuel storage tank at North Stokes High School will cost $161,781 more than expected.
Schools Director of Operations David Burge said the school system had three options to cover the higher cost.
The first option, which the school board eventually approved, involves postponing other capital projects planned for the year including replacing the lights at the North Stokes High School baseball field and assessing the integrity of fuel tanks at Francisco Elementary, Pine Hall Elementary, and South Stokes High School. Burge said even with those cuts the project would require pulling an additional $7,816 from the emergency fund.
The second option was to not replace the tank and continue to use a 1,000 gallon storage tank at the school for this year, but Burge warned that that path would result in an estimated extra fuel cost of $10,633 as a result of the more frequent filling required by such a small tank.
“Last winter we were filling the tank three times a week,” he said.
The third option was to ask the county commissioners to provide additional funding to replace the tank.
Burge said it could take up to 12 weeks to get the new tank installed.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.