MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - The freezing temperatures this winter are driving up costs for one Eastern Kentucky school district.
Middlesboro Independent school leaders say the cold means higher bills.
"This winter has been colder than normal. We have used double the amount of coal this year," said Tony Maxwell, Middlesboro Elementary Principal.
Custodians say they have already used the same amount of coal they used the past two years, and there are still more days left in this winter.
The superintendent says the school district's utility bills are ten thousand dollars higher than normal.
"It's been a challenging time for all of us," said Steve Martin, Middlesboro Independent Superintendent.
The winter has also caused problems for school buses.
"These cold temperatures are sometimes not kind to our buses. Diesels have a little more difficulty starting in those really frigid temperatures," Martin said.
They had to replace several batteries during the single digit temperatures which added more unexpected costs.
The superintendent says they are working with the budget to take care of the extra costs.
"Ithink our budget will balance okay at the end of the year. That's our expectation," Martin said.
And he says they are reading for warmer temperatures and spring!