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Hawkins schools mulling switch to Fuelman instead of in-house gas pumps

November 7th, 2013 9:52 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins schools mulling switch to Fuelman instead of in-house gas pumps

ROGERSVILLE — Every Hawkins County department except for the school system has already switched over to the Fuelman gasoline credit card system, and the schools may be next to make the change.

Aside from the county school system, the only other agency currently using the county fuel pumps in Rogersville and Church Hill is the nonprofit Chip Hale Center.

The Board of Education’s Transportation Committee will meet on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Fuelman option and make a recommendation to the full board.

Transportation Director Sarah Floyd told the BOE Thursday that the pump’s computer logging system is malfunctioning about every other week, requiring a technician to come out at a cost of about $500 per visit.

The computer system can be overridden and pump usage logged manually, but someone from the transportation department has to be on hand to do that, which means it can’t be overridden after business hours.

The cost of replacing the pump system has been estimated at around $30,000.

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