Today was the first day of school after winter break for Madison County, but the day didn't go without a hitch. When several bus drivers arrived at their buses to start the morning runs, they discovered a problem.
"Someone went inside nine of the buses, removed the fire extinguishers from the buses, and they're gone," explains Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.
"It's unfortunate, it's an aggravation, it's an unneeded cost to the district, but it's something we've already dealt with and we'll move right on," says Madison County School Superintendent Tommy Floyd.
The buses were able to make their normal routes, but only after having the fire extinguishers replaced at a cost of just over nine hundred dollars.
Officials say the buses may have been an easy target because they were grouped together while undergoing maintenance here behind Daniel Boone Elementary.
"We utilized the winter break to reinstall componentry in our bus radios. We have a large fleet and we localized our bus fleet in five staging points across the district. Apparently while some of our buses were parked someone got inside there and took some fire extinguishers out of the buses," explains Superintendent Floyd. He says he's seen this activity before in other school districts.
"You know, you leave a bus parked and someone comes along and bothers the bus. Sometimes it's curiosity, sometimes it's not. It's an annoyance and unfortunately an unneeded expense."