Clayton Schools go to level yellow in Conservation Plan

By Johnny Jackson

The school district decided Wednesday to relax its fuel usage to a level yellow, which negates all but essential travel to school functions and athletic competitions.

"We decided we'd go back to a level yellow," said Ronnie Blake, the assistant superintendent of the district's transportation department. "We decided we still needed to keep some things going on after school. We're just trying to be moderate for right now. We're trying to conserve as much fuel as we possibly can."

District spokesman Charles White said the district felt comfortable enough with the overall travel to ease self-induced restrictions on transportation.

"I think it's going to make us look at things a lot differently, and prioritize our needs," Blake said. "I've done a lot of things that I would think longer and harder about now that the fuel costs are so high. I think we have to do the same thing with public money, and public transportation for our boys and girls and determine if this is something we want to do or need to do."