School district works to get buses up and running

KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Kenton County Schools are on a two hour delay as the school district works on their buses. The district's buses are experiencing numerous issued following the brutal cold that struck the area over the last few days.

"Our district has about 130 buses. Currently, 25 of them are being worked on to make sure we have enough busses to transport our students to school," says Jess Dykes, Director of Public Information and Community Engagement for Kenton County Schools.

Dykes says that many of the busses will not start. She says engines popping and the oil are among the major problems.

"We knew that this would be an issue," explains Dykes. "It was something we were monitoring all along."

Both morning and afternoon pre-school classes have been canceled for Kenton County Schools. School officials are hoping that a two-hour delay will be enough time to get all other students to school.

"We want to make sure that our parents and community know that we're hoping our two-hour delay will be enough to get our kids to school, but it might not be," explains Dykes. "At this point we'll have to wait and see and gather that data."

Hundreds of kids rely on Kenton County buses every day.

"We're the fifth largest district in the state of Kentucky. We have 11 elementary schools, three high schools and four middle schools that this will affect. We're talking about 14 thousand students," says Dykes.

"The real heroes today are the bus drivers, the maintenance crews and the mechanics because they've been out non-stop to make sure that these buses and our facilities are safe for our students," adds Dykes. "It's been a real team effort in Kenton County."

Students from the Kenton County School district have been out of school since December 20.

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