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TO:                  All Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education

DATE:            October 4, 2005

RE:                  Fuel / Energy Survey   

The Department of Education shares your concern for the impact of escalating fuel and energy costs on local schools and their budgets for FY2005-06 and beyond. In an effort to better understand the short-term and long-term impact of increases, we have created a web-based survey to gather more information. Your timely response to the survey is very important and appreciated.                    

The information requested will be used to examine the impact of recent increases in heating and transportation fuel costs on your FY2005-06 budget, as well as provide an accurate and timely way to measure any influence the increases may have on our calculated cost for the financial year 2006-07 Essential Programs and Services model.

The link to the survey is:

In order to be part of this very important effort, you must submit the survey by Friday, October 21, 2005.

In your preparation of data for the survey, if it is helpful to have a printed copy of the survey questions before you start, an MS Word doc of the on-line version is available at:

If you have questions or comments, please contact Jim Rier at or 624-6790.