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Cold keeps Sparta school buses from starting, causing delay

Cold weather causes school bus issues

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) - Extreme cold caused plenty of headaches in the Sparta School District Thursday morning.

In a public statement, the district's superintendent says ten school buses either couldn't start or had engines fail because of the cold.

That caused the district to make a last-second decision to go under a two-hour delay while the Tomah school district provided a dozen buses to help get Sparta students to school. Students who were already on their way to school in the morning were taken to Meadowview Middle School during the delay.

Even though the air temperature in Sparta was at 21-below zero just before 5 a.m., the district's superintendent says that didn't meet their threshold for delaying the start of school due to cold. According to the superintendent, Lamers Bus Lines, which runs the district's buses, did express "some concern" about the temperatures but also said the buses were running on winter fuel and had extra buses on hand if any failed to start. 

The superintendent says the district will review its delay procedures as a result of what happened Thursday morning. They've already announced that school will be delayed two hours Friday morning.


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