- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) - Officials with the Waukee School District say they planned to begin school late due to subzero temperatures but had to cancel classes in part because many district buses wouldn’t start.

KCCI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/LNxizm ) the central Iowa district initially was going to start late but then had to cancel school after 17 of its 51 buses wouldn’t start because the intense cold caused fuel problems. Officials say crews will pinpoint the problem so they can resolve it.

The district also had problems communicating with its bus barn because the cold affected the Internet connection.

Des Moines schools also closed Thursday, but district spokesman Phil Roeder says that was due to student safety, not because of bus problems. He says the last time it was this cold, nearly all the buses started.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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