By Ashley Rader
Elizabethton City Schools were operating on a regular schedule this morning, but the buses aren’t running after school officials said the system’s bus fleet was vandalized.
Superintendent of Schools Ed Alexander said administrators were still assessing the damage early Monday morning to see what kind of damage had been done to the buses. He said first reports showed at least three buses had been vandalized.
“It was sugar in the diesel tanks, cutting tires,” Alexander said. “Right now we are working to assess how much damage was done and who did it.”
In the interest of student safety, Alexander said no buses were being run Monday in case other damage had been inflicted internally that would not become evident until the buses were running.
“We can’t take that chance,” Alexander said.
No students would be counted absent or tardy on Monday because of the bus route shutdown. Alexander said he contacted principals early Monday to alert them to the change.
System administrators are now working with other neighboring school systems to see if any buses can be borrowed until the system can make repairs to the vandalized buses.