February 5, 2015 at 2:52 am • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

There has been a lot of criticism and discussion over the decision by the school to have a snow day today. After listening and discussing it with many, I felt a need to weigh in on the issue.

The truth is that I would never want to be the one making these decisions. You can never make everyone happy, its not always clear and easy to decide and no matter what you do, you are taking risks. There is the risk of making the wrong decision with consequences from criticism to serious injury to students. It’s the one time that everyone in the school district becomes a superintendent.

I cannot say that I always agree with the decisions or that I would make the same decision, but I support our administration and our school. I believe in asking questions and accepting the answers. Even if I disagree (and in the case of today, I had no opinion until later in the day), I believe in supporting our school as long as my questions have been answered. I asked and was told there was not only some unplowed roads, but that there was concern about an afternoon snow storm that could make travel home dangerous.

So many things must be considered, primarily the safety of students: walkers, bus students and teenage drivers. We live in a very litigious society. The truth is that things are different than they used to be. Road conditions, weather forecast, temperatures, visibility and much more. Snow days can be an inconvenience to kids, parents and others, yet safety should always be primary.

Today I left my house at the time my kids would have gotten on the bus for a 2 hour delay. My road was not plowed, and neither was the major country road near by. On my journey into work, I found a car in the ditch and stopped to check to make sure everyone was okay and that they had help on the way. Thankfully, they were, but they were teenagers. It was a reminder of what is at stake. Later that day I drove home from work with my kids in the car at the time they would have been on a bus. The roads were terrible. I would not have wanted my kids on a bus on these roads. Turning on my road, I discovered it was still not yet plowed. It’s the first time since we moved here that there was a day that our road did not get plowed.

It was a good decision. It was the right decision. Even if it was not, our school erred on the side of safety and was more than willing to explain their rationale and worked extra hard to provide information for key events to parents. I support our school and I support the administration. I may not always agree, but as long as I am heard and information is shared, I will support it. Today the right decision was made and I am thankful for our district and its leadership.