Storm timing played role in delaying Spokane School District buses

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:21 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane Public Schools announced its first bus delay of the 2013-2014 school year early Monday morning.

School started on time, but the buses were delayed. The timing of the storm played a big part in the district’s decision.

“We had a regular 20 hour staffing over the weekend monitoring the weather, plows and deicers out all weekend long in anticipation of the storm and obviously once the storm hit to clear the roads and keep deicing,” said Spokane City Spokesperson Brian Coddington.

Coddington said the City had nine de-icer trucks and five plows out most of the day Sunday and overnight into Monday. Three more de-icers joined the others Monday morning.

Spokane Public Schools announced its buses would run 30 to 60 minutes late or even longer because of the road conditions Monday morning and anticipated slower traffic.

“Given just enough slick conditions on a couple of the roads, a couple of our main routes, we knew that busses were going to be moving much more slowly,” said Kevin Morrison with the Spokane Public Schools.

Morrison said the previous snowstorms started right before the start of school.

“At that point, the busses have already left and they've started their routes,” said Morrison.

The snowfall Monday morning had started Sunday.
Morrison said the District started monitoring the snowfall Sunday and Safety and Transportation crews checked road conditions early Monday morning before making the determination busses would run late.

“There wasn't really any major surprise that when we woke up at 4 o'clock that not much had changed really.  Some of the routes had compacted a little worse, got a little icier. We just thought best to be safe and play it safe,” said Morrison.

City leaders said they felt it had an adequate response to the latest round of snow.

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