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School districts keeping an eye on bitter cold temps, wind chill

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(01/23/14) - Mid-Michigan school districts are keeping a close eye on the temperature and wind chill - especially those with students who primarily walk to school.

Bendle, in Burton, is one of those districts.

"The wind chill is what we're really worried about tomorrow," said Bendle Superintendent John Krolewski. "So, -20 is that number we usually look at, and it sounds like we're going to be close to that, that's why we'll be looking at it real close. We're a walking district for the most part. A lot of our students are probably under that 30 minute time period, but it's pretty close for some of them and if something should go wrong or they end up being outdoors a few minutes longer? You know, you don't want to take any chances."

Krolewksi said they've used almost all of their allotted snow days - four and five at the separate schools.

The snowy weather hasn't just been brutal for those coming and going, but also for the buildings. They've taken a beating too.

"We've dealt with boiler problems and some frozen pipes," Krolewski said. "The ice storm and the electrical problems we had over the break didn't help, so we're still trying to get caught up from some of those things, so it's been a challenge."

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