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Morgan Co. schools struggle with bus problems

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Morgan County Superintendent Bill Hopkins made a decision to cancel school after a third of the district's fleet of buses wouldn't start. Morgan County Superintendent Bill Hopkins made a decision to cancel school after a third of the district's fleet of buses wouldn't start.
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Tuesday was day two of canceled classes in Morgan County as the school district dealt with nearly three dozen buses failing to start in the morning. 

The school district planned to have school Tuesday, but Morgan County Superintendent Bill Hopkins made a decision to cancel school after a third of the district's fleet of buses wouldn't start. 

This is the first time in two decades that this happened. Hopkins said the majority of students in the district do ride the bus. Mechanics worked all day Tuesday to check and examine the engine and other parts of the buses. However, there wasn't much that could be done. They checked to make sure nothing else was wrong. 

Hopkins said the district just isn't prepared for temperatures this low, and it doesn't make sense economically to plan for these extreme conditions. 

"We're just not set up for it," he said. "Our bodies aren't used to it. This isn't something we are accustomed to. This is the first time in maybe 20 years that the weather has been like this. So our concern is safety, and the second is education. So if we can't get the children to school safely, then we're not going to have school. And if we get them there but they can't learn because of the conditions, then we don't need to have them in school."

If it is too cold for the engines to start on Wednesday morning, Hopkins will cancel class for the third day in a row. It is essentially a wait and see type of scenario.

"We just ask the parents to please be patient with us as we are trying to do what is best for the children," Hopkins said. "These decisions are very difficult. We do take in a lot of advice. We talk to other superintendents in other areas and we talk to EMA. Our main concern is the safety of the students."

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