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Richmond, Aiken and Edgefield county schools cope with cold

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 6:05 PM
Last updated Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:10 PM
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Richmond, Aiken and Edgefield county schools will begin classes two hours later on Wednesday, the second day in a row frigid temperatures have pushed districts to delay opening.

Columbia and Burke county schools will resume normal hours Wednesday after delaying start times on Tuesday morning.

Buses in the three delayed counties will run normal routes on the delayed schedule, so students should be at their stops two hours later. Employees in Richmond and Aiken counties are required to report to work at normal times, while Edgefield staffers are on a one-hour delay.

On Tuesday, the weather affected some districts’ operations more than others.

Many of Aiken County’s school buses were out of commission because of temperatures that dipped into single digits early Tuesday. Public information officer Tammie Newman said drivers had to make double routes to collect students.

Aiken and Jackson middle schools had power outages, while Jackson had partial power and heat. Benton Starks, Richmond County senior director of maintenance and facilities, said there were no issues with heating or pipes at the schools. Richmond County Transportation Director Jimmie Wiley said mechanics reported to work at 5 a.m. to warm buses so they would not be delayed when they pulled out of the depot at 7 a.m. Wiley said his department also picked up about six drivers from home who had car trouble so they could be at work on time.

The precautions prevented major delays in pick-ups or route times, he said.

“We had a good team effort with the drivers and mechanics,” Wiley said. “We are just going to stay the course tomorrow.”


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