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Weather changes schedules for pair of school districts

Thursday and Friday’s snow and ice blindsided the White River and Carbonado Historical school districts, while Enumclaw, which was on mid-winter break, dodged a bullet.

Carbonado leaders were able to get students to and from school Thursday, but for Carbonado Superintendent Scott Hubbard it was the additional four inches of snow Thursday that piled on top of the four already on the ground and the chilling temperatures that convinced him to cancel school Friday.

“We have about 60 kids who catch a bus who would be out in the cold waiting,” said Hubbard, who personally made the drive into the Carbonado hills to test the roads. “We’ll add one more day to the end of the year.”

Barring any other cancellations, Carbonado students’ last day of school will now be June 14 with eighth-grade graduation scheduled for June. 13.

White River Superintendent Tom Lockyer could not confirm a make-up date yet for Thursday’s class cancellation. The district opted for a late start Friday.

“We’ll have to sit down with the association to see what options we have,” he said. “Our choices are limited.”

Like it’s neighbors in Enumclaw and Carbonado, White River got nailed in November when snow canceled classes and forced each district to use all its built-in calendar snow days and start tacking extra days to the end of the school year.

Currently, both White River and Enumclaw students will see the last day of school June 17.

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