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East Valley cancels school after bus engines have trouble starting

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EAST VALLEY, Wash. – Students were expected to return to classes Wednesday like they have all this week in the East Valley School District but were told to stay home after school buses didn't start or wouldn't switch gears.

Schools were scheduled to have a half-day before a holiday weekend but around 6:00 a.m., staff at the bus barn reported problems with three engines that were not starting and others that wouldn't move or had air pressure issues.

Superintendent John Schieche told KNDO over the phone that he was concerned about students getting stuck in buses without heat in the early morning. He says it was 10 degrees outside when buses were scheduled to go through their alternate routes.

Buses run on diesel engines that are plugged in overnight to stay warm. The extreme cold temperatures were too much for some buses, according to district staff.

The district plans to makeup the day toward the end of the school year in 2011.