Feb 11, 2020 4:38 PM

Gas prices still headed down, but geopolitics will move the needle

Posted Feb 11, 2020 4:38 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kansas gas prices continue to trickle down on average.

"Kansas and nationwide, we're down about 3 or 4 cents from where we were about a week ago," said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. "That's because we've continued to have a steady gasoline stock level and demand has stayed fairly low, as is seasonal this time of year."

In Kansas, we're at $2.17 on average, that's 9th cheapest in the country.

"Today's average price in Reno County is about $2.24 a gallon," Steward said. "In Hutchinson, most of the stations are in the $2.25 to $2.27 range."

Geopolitical events will likely be the driver of gas prices going forward.

"Crude oil prices have dropped for the third consecutive week, as market concerns continue to increase, due to the growing impact of the coronavirus on global travel," Steward said. "If international travel decreases, global crude demand could likely follow suit and result in lower crude consumption worldwide."

There is also an upcoming OPEC meeting where they could choose to cut production and change the supply side of the crude oil equation further.

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Apollo programs approved for two USD 308 schools

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson USD 308 School Board approved Lincoln Elementary School’s application to be an Apollo II redesign school in 2020-21 and Graber Elementary’s planning year to become an Apollo III redesign school in 2021-22.

Lincoln has spent 2019-20 planning for the process and will join Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen and Wiley Elementary School as Apollo redesign schools in the district. The approval came during Monday’s regular meeting.

The project requires schools to remodel their academic programs to create successful high school students. Schools chosen for the state’s redesign program spend one year planning what changes to carry out. They then apply the changes the following year.

The Kansans Can Project was initially announced in 2017 after the Kansas Department of Education got feedback that the community wanted more focus on the nonacademic skills of students.