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Why so many school delays?

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - 9 On Your Side wanted to know why many area schools and public transportation systems were delayed Tuesday morning due to the cold weather.

Officials say the two hour delays were in place to ensure both the operating vehicles and people were safe. Pitt County Public Schools was concerned the cold weather may freeze hoses in the buses operated by air compressor systems, causing them to be inoperable. The possibility of malfunctioning buses and kids waiting in freezing temperatures was enough to warrant the delay.

“It was inevitable that we were going to have delays because of the frozen hoses,” said Brock Letchworth, Pitt County Schools Public Information Officer. “We wanted to be sure we had those two hours to remedy some of those situations and we didn't have kids standing out at bus stops waiting in freezing temperatures.”

Pitt County Public School officials say 30 buses reported weather based issues this morning, a trend that could continue Wednesday.
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