Some Wisconsin schools delay classes to help minimize risk for buses

CREATED Jan 15, 2014

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LOMIRA -- Bus drivers liken their passengers to "precious cargo," so all the more reason why school districts decided to take a cautious approach.

School districts north and west of Milwaukee included some cities woke up six inches of snow from Tuesday's clipper storm.
Lomira district administrators decided early Wednesday to delay the start of classes by two hours, and cited school bus concerns as the most important reason.
"The icy and slick conditions," quips John Muentner, a Lomira track coach and bus driver. "A bus is always stopping and starting and it's not about keeping a steady and slow speed."
Muentner also describes many of the routes as being in rural areas, and the cold can take a toll on the diesel engine, creating risks for stalls.
"With 35-40 kids on the bus, that's a tough situation," Muentner laments.
While the buses waited and warmed up, some students found some fun ways to spend the extra two hours before class.
Jordan Martin rounded up some friends to go sledding.
"This is a lot better than Spanish class."