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Athens hit with bus battery issues due to cold

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Athens school officials had to replace bus batteries that had died due to this month's severe cold. Athens school officials had to replace bus batteries that had died due to this month's severe cold.
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

For the second time in less than a week, and the fifth time this month, Athens City Schools decided to delay or close the district due to winter weather. They are not alone; districts across North Alabama are making the same decisions. The cold weather is cutting into their budgets.

Limestone County schools replaced more than five dozen bus batteries earlier this week, and the same problems have been reported by Athens City Schools. The superintendent said Athens has replaced batteries on more than one-fifth of its buses this month.

"The worst part is on the instructional aspect of the day because we have to adjust schedules, we have to miss classes. That's very taxing and usually the best learning happens in the morning," said Trey Holladay.

The superintendent said despite all the January delays, they are still ahead of the state's mandated time required in the classroom.

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