Here at the Times, we've noticed that a lot of people are voicing their confusion online about the fact that school has been canceled in the county for the third day in a row (not including the Monday holiday).
So we had a discussion with Macon County Director of Schools Margaret Oldham to get a little more information. Who makes the decision to shut down school, and how do they make it?
“The reason that we are still out is because of the eastern side of the county, and the area that is closest to the Kentucky line,” said Oldham. “A lot of those roads we cannot put buses on.”
She said that in general, to declare a snow day, she consults closely with Transportation Supervisor Larry Holland.
“We consult, and where I can, I go out with him on some of the roads, but basically it's an effort of working together. He and his employees all take different vehicles and go into different parts of the county. Sitting here in Lafayette, you would think 'why on earth are we not having school?' but we have to go to the east side, west, and up near the Kentucky line. And we have to take every precaution for the safety of the children.
“Then also with the temperature,” she added, “Mr. Holland just told me with the temp going to zero and below, it's very very difficult to even start our school buses. And a lot of our brake lines still had ice on them. And the temperature tonight's supposed to be down close to zero.”
Oldham said that a total of ten snow and PT Conference days have been taken so far, in the 2013-2014 school year. A total of thirteen off days are built into the school schedule. After that, makeup days will have to be considered.