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Cold snaps impacting Limestone Co. school operations

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Dr. Tom Sisk said that for now, the added costs of replacement bus batteries will not impact their budget Dr. Tom Sisk said that for now, the added costs of replacement bus batteries will not impact their budget
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Limestone County Schools officials said the possibility of wind chills dipping below zero factored in to their decision to delay classes more than 24 hours ahead of time, saying they want parents to have ample time to adjust their schedules.

The superintendent said the cold snaps are impacting their operations. In the last month alone, they have had to replace 55 school bus batteries. They are also using a fuel additive in their diesel buses to make sure that fuel works.

Dr. Tom Sisk said that for now, the added costs will not impact their budget, but if the cold temperatures stick around, he is not ruling out the possibility. He said what's most important is making sure students get to school safely, even if that means starting late.

"If we're going to have kids standing out there at bus stops waiting to get picked up, we want it to be decent weather. Below freezing is bad enough, but wind chill factors, according to the EMA, suggest 0 to -8 degrees. That's dangerous," said Dr. Sisk.

Dr. Sisk said he cannot remember a winter quite like this since the 1980s.

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