LEBANON, Ind. - The propane shortage that has hit the Midwest has leaders of an Indiana elementary school concerned.
Officials with the Lebanon Community School Corporation said they are trying to find ways to conserve propane or risk running out.
Perry Worth Elementary School is the only school in the district that relies on propane to keep students and teachers warm.
School leaders said they have about 6,000 gallons of propane left, but it takes up to 400 gallons a day to keep the school warm.
That means the school has about 15 days before it runs out, officials said.
"What we're finding is when we can find, or if we're finding any, the price is about three to four times higher than it was when we purchased propane back in September and October," Superintendent Robert Taylor said.
Officials bought 9,000 gallons of propane for $10,000 last fall. They said now they are getting quotes of $45,000 to $50,000 for the same amount.
"What are we going to do if we run out of propane, and if we can't get the propane, it's not about a money thing, it's about getting it to us and what do we do with our students?" parent Heather Acheson said.
Leaders warn that conservation is key for those who use propane as a source for heat.