Stalled Buses, Broken Pipes & No Heat Closes Metro Schools

Stalled Buses, Broken Pipes & No Heat Closes Metro Schools

CREATED Jan 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools closed schools on Wednesday due to extremely cold temperatures. Several other schools have announced similar plans.

"It's a lot warmer in the hallways so I felt like I needed to bring my laptop and work in the hallways," McGavock High School Spanish Teacher Raeanne Carella said. "Keeping the door open keeps things warmer in here but it's still cold."

School staff and crews have been working overtime through the cold weather to keep equipment operating and minimize the effects of the low temperatures.

Metro School's chief operating operator Fred Car said transportation and maintenance crews were having problems getting heat to many classrooms and outdoor buildings.

"While weather forecasts show temperatures are warming, we have many portable classrooms that we have not been able to get enough heat to during the day and many buses that would not start this morning," said Car.

He said crews have reported frozen and broken pipes as the temperatures have moved back into double digits.

Officials said maintenance crews had taken over 130 calls about heat problems in schools throughout the district.

Several other school districts across the area have also planned to close, including Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery, Sumner and Wilson Counties in the metro area. Rutherford County planned to open two hours late.

Check our Snow Watch page for a full list of closings: http://on.nc5.co/19aLDia