"We're just getting zapped, and it's tough luck," said company owner Dawn Massini, whose bus drivers saw a price of $2.27 for diesel at Gulotta's Mobil on Main Street when they were filling up last Wednesday.
A fuel contingency clause in the contract would have re-quired the school district to help pay if prices rose too high.Massini's
, however, is absorbing the entire increase.
Service station owner Ed Gu-lotta
sees the buses coming and going daily, and he
too is getting zapped.His
high wholesale cost gives him little room for a profit margin if he
wants to keep his
prices competitive, he
said. At home
, however, he
considers himself a lucky guy.He
locked into a pre-pay heating oil plan with John B. Hull Oil in Great Barrington, but paid $1,400 upfront in August for a season's worth of oil.The price: $1.47 per gallon.
Meanwhile, Dawn Massini
is doing what she
can to cut down on "deadhead mileage" -- school buses traveling with no children on board.
"I hate to see the end of the month, when the bills come in," she