Area Schools Affected By Frigid Temperatures

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Below freezing temperatures kept Maize school buses from starting, delaying classes for two hours Monday morning. Winter weather was also to blame for a water main break in the Otis-Bison and Sharon Springs districts.

The phones inside Maize school's transportation office rang constantly Monday morning. The Maize district alerted local media, including KAKE, that buses were running late because of problems with the cold weather. Still, some missed hearing about it.

Maize schools had eight buses unable to finish their routes. Buses from other routes filled in to get students to school. Some of the buses wouldn't start while others ran sluggishly.

"We had to bring the buses back to the lot and treat the fuel to hopefully get them running," said James Baker, Maize Schools Assistant Superintendent.

Baker says the buses were plugged into heaters overnight and the fuel was treated.

Maize buses around 3,400 students per day. Wichita, Derby, Valley Center and Haysville reported no problems due to the cold weather. Goddard schools, however, dealt with bus problems as well.

"We started out this morning with some buses that just didn't want to run. We have heaters for all our buses. A couple of the plug-ins didn't work as they were supposed to. Another one, a battery died," said Annette Singletary, Goddard Schools Spokesperson.

Extra buses were sent out to help and messages were sent to students to get on whatever bus came to their neighborhood. Amazingly, few students arrived late despite the problems.

In the meantime, the schools are having the bus fuel tested to see if there are problems with it.

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