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Snow Puts School on Hold


Blowing snow and icy roads puts school on hold.
Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story of school starting late.

The streets are filled with snow.
Residents are digging out.
And School is running late.
Ken Miller is the Superintendent of Kidder County Public Schools.
Miller says whether it's calling school off or starting late, it's never an easy decision to make.
Today school starts at 10:30.
(Ken Miller / Kidder County Superintendent) "It's making up two hours versus the whole day. We figure if we start late we will be able to get the busses out, when it's actually better visibility and giving them the opportunity to actually see the road versus early in the morning when it's still dark. "
(Mark Roe / Bus Driver) "It was good to start a little late and make sure there was daylight when I was driving. That helped a lot."
(Sarah Gustin / "The Kidder County school district is the home to nine bus routes. Two that run for the Tappen School, the other seven bring kids into Steele. And these busses have a lot of miles to cover, most of them being county roads." 
(Ken Miller / Kidder County Superintendent) "We have a unique situation with our school district. Our actually school district is 1,072 square miles, which happens to be the second largest school district in the state when it comes to land mass. Because of that we have to make decisions a lot earlier because we already start firing busses up at 6:15 in the morning. So we always try to have some type of decision that is made by 6 o'clock so that we don't have to send busses out and then call them back again." 
Miller says roughly 70% of these students are bussed.
And these roads aren't even the worst, bus drivers have seen this week.
we got that freezing rain Monday morning that was tough. Probably the toughest day I have had all year as far as roads. The snow, not so much, more so the ice that I am concerned about.
Despite missing just two hours of school.
That time has to be made up.
Miller says they're looking at possibility running schools days extra long some other day this week.

Bismarck/Mandan schools started on time.
Tappen also started two hours late.
Many schools on the eastern edge of the state let classes out early due to bad weather conditions.


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