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11.30.2006

Lack Of School Closings

This might be a dicey proposition if things freeze over during the day. Getting everybody home in the ice (if that happens) is dangerous. Edit: It's slick out there! Edit: I saw that Alvord ISD and Slidell ISD are shut down. I have a very unconfirmed report that Decatur ISD will shut down at 10:00. Edit: Bridgeport ISD closing at 11:00 a.m. Edit: Paradise ISD closing at noon.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

My daughter's bus ran 30 minutes late this morning. I sincerely hope that if things get worse, they close the schools early.

xocheeta said...

You've got to question the DISD administration. All of the weather forcasters said it will get worse as the day progresses. I took my son to DHS school. There were about 1/3 of the student cars in the parking lot. Coming home, the sleet had already begun. What a mess.

Anonymous said...

I saw were Dick Chaser shut down all the county offices… but gd we are still goin’ to have school! That’s funny.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Dick Chase is a long-time, very experienced pilot. He knows how to get access to high quality weather reporting (and more importantly, also has experience INTERPRETING them). He has always been good in making "weather decisions" for the county. Maybe our schools should "tune-in" to him!!

mzchief said...

PERHAPS I am being a wee bit cynical but I believe schools are paid state funds based upon the number of students who are in attendance at the beginning of SECOND period. It will be INTERESTING to see if Wise County schools dismiss students DURING second period.

FYI, two inches of BB sized sleet balls have fallen in Runaway Bay since 07:30.

Anonymous said...

shut up, mzchief

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport is letting out at 11:00 AM. See here.

Anonymous said...

I took my kids to Carson this morning, ate breakfast, watched the weather and waited until they were counted present until I picked them back up.
Now I shall reward myself for being the law abiding parent that I am and take a nap.

Anonymous said...

I did not take my son to school in Bridgeport this morning....It is too dangerous and what mzchief said is exactly right.

Anonymous said...

OK, Let me again risk criticism by suggesting that this weather stuff is a great overreaction. If the rest of the country (and foreign ones) closed up every time they got an inch of snow or ice, they'd have to have year-round schools. You take precautions, drive slowly and watch out for idiot drivers.

Anonymous said...

It blows my mind. If there is a football game we start school late but when the are calling for freezing rain they do nothing.

Yes they sometimes tend to over react but ice is bad and there are to many idiots to watch out for.

Anonymous said...

JEERS to DISD (and neighboring ISDs)- My family and I value education and common sense. I see DISD only values the mighty dollar. Funny how many DFW schools were closed, but not Wise County schools, where the roads are worse than they are in the Metroplex. Interesting note that the schools get their daily dollars and don't have to use their 'snow day' if the kids are in school until 10:00 a.m. Poor, poor decision DISD. Apparently our children's safety is not as important as your getting paid. You can bet I'll remember that come election time. As I said, I value common sense and apparently DISD leadership doesn’t have any.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, let's tune into the county judge for expertise on the weather, but not for leadership. Come on Bill McElhaney!

As for closing schools, isn't it stupid to put everybody in a position of getting hurt just to satisfy state mandates of attendance and THEN send everybody home mid morning?

Wow. Smart!

Anonymous said...

JEERS to you 12:01. The only schools closed before Decatur schools in the metroplex were private schools and colleges and what does it have to do with election time anyway? The admin. makes the decision on the closings.

Anonymous said...

As a parent, I was glad they went to school this morning. We were already up and going before the sleet started and I would rather not have to make up the day. When I took my kids to school the roads were not bad at all and when I picked them up at 10:00 am they were not bad at all either. No harm done.

and your point is? said...

Anon 2:25
The point is.......They KNEW that Parents would have to turn right around and come back and get our kiddos! Why not cancel from the beginning and use a snow day? There's no reason why we should have even been up and around today!

Anonymous said...

Because I want our Easter holiday and we're probably not going to school tomorrow, so we would have used both snow days.

Atticus said...

Yes at least one high school student from Decatur had a minor accident on his way home from school. Mine to be exact. Not a good decision for the school to set us up like this. Thankfully he was not hurt.

Anonymous said...

If I had a high school child driving, I think I would have tried to make some arrangements to pick him up and someone else drive his car home. Just an idea.

Anonymous said...

Think and investigate before you speak. An elected official does not have the authority to close down the school. Rann parents should be more concerned about heating problems than school closing. School Board members really do not have any control over anything (I know one Board member walked the halls of Rann this am and went straight to central administration to follow up on the heating probleming only to be given lip service) except the Supt. when he is evaluated(Jan.07)

Anonymous said...

In regards to the heating problem at Rann, someone needs to be fired. This has gone on to long. Maybe we (parents of Rann students) all need to camp out at the next board meeting.

As for the parent of the student involved in the wreck, just because the school was in session doesn't mean you had to let your kid drive. Don't mean to judge, but don't blame the school for your kid driving.

Anonymous said...

Decatur superintendent should have been fired a while back. Title IX mess gave pleny of reason for it...but he's still sitting in the "high tower" and evidently still giving plenty of lip service! When will the board figure out that they CAN let him go!??

Anonymous said...

Read the Messenger a few weeks ago when a board member said the football fans could stand up and we needed to replace the unit at Rann before any $$ are spent on extracurricular. The Board is aware of the problem, but nobody can seem to give them answers. I would encourage all taxpayers to attend their local school board meeting(DISD Dec.19 7:00pm) and voice their opinions.

Anonymous said...

They did get their numbers because they take attendance at 9. This saved us a snow day and got us state funds. The kids were out before the weather got bad, tax payers were saved money and no one was injured.

Decatur school starts at 10:30 tomorrow BTW.

Anonymous said...

Has no one recognized that the reason these kids go to school is for the education? All this crap about getting credit from the state for attendance or saving days for some stupid "Easter" vacation just misses the point. Please understand: school is for learning. Your kids should try it and you might like it.

Anonymous said...

uh..we're talking bad WEATHER by God here! "Someone" missed that point. LOL!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe some of this shit I am hearing ! I took my kids to 3 different schools this morning. Then turned around and had to pick them all up again 2 hours later . All of us with JOBS put them in danger or are not able to come back on time . Sorry Jr. I can't pick you up early today because the "Supe" can't watch the weather.I have a job in Ft.Worth and can't turn around. Maybe your teacher can pick the lock at our house and you can stay there unsupervised till I get off. Mr. Supe pull your head out of your ass ! Why would you put all our kids on buses and endanger them for a buck ? And by the way everybody that said the roads were not bad , You must seek help right away , you don't have a clue ! There were power lines down on church st. and ICE everywhere. We should as parents put a stop to a Supe that puts our kids in danger for the allmighty dollar.

Anonymous said...

The Decatur school board elected 2 new members last election. Most who voted for them felt they would bring about a NEW administration and dump the jerk there now. Hasn't happened. And why not? Seems no one has the balls to fix problems anywhere! You board members are to TAKE CARE of the communities children. How can you let a wet noodle stay around and give lip service to you?

Anonymous said...

8:33am...Get the facts straight...What you are reguesting is not that easy to do. The current supt. has a contract that was put in place with the previous board, therefore the new board members do not have a say until that contract is up for renewal. There will be an evaluation of the Supt. at the January Board meeting and the public is invited. If his contract is not renewed at that time he still has three years left at DISD. The Board is made up of 7 members, therefore two new members cannot out number the other five. Although, there will be another election in May 07 for two more seats, so I encourage you to get involved, attend the Board meetings and run for election.

Remember, one of those new board members just publicly stated that he would not support a new football stadium. I do not think any of the other board made that bold of a statement except Mrs. Montgomery. I believe he does plan to TAKE CARE of the children and will not accept lip service from anyone.

Anonymous said...

9:00, you make some valid points, but you miss one big one. ANY employee can be fired IMMEDIATELY for cause. Gindt has provided many a "cause" but no one will dismiss him. He has been caught in one lie after another, yet nothing is done.
The stadium issue SHOULD be moot! Anyone who has lived in the area knows that it won't matter how many stands are built, there will be those "guys" who will STAND and visit during the games. In fact, the last remodel took that in to consideration. Hilton said himself that the "upper" stands would sit high enough so that those who still wanted to STAND and visit during the games would be able to do so without blocking the view of those sitting. That is the reason they were built as high in the front as they were. To now say.. we need more seating, after $1 million has already been spent is ludicrous! Yes, that money was spent a few years back... but Decatur is NOT NorthWest with the Speedway's tax base. Glad to hear a few members have the sense to say how crazy this recent proposal is. WHO is really behind that proposal? The board member? I don't think so.
Again, employees of a district can be released for "cause".... even if that cause is that the employee is not meeting our districts concerns. Maybe some lawyers should be consulted. No one can tell me Decatur citizens have to be "stuck" with a inept superintendent just because the other board members extended his contract. Just isn't so. If you believe that....then someone is feeding YOU lip service and you are gullible enough to belive it.

Anonymous said...

I hate to agree with some of you yahoos, but GINDT should GO! The mere fact that he's unable to get the air situation FIXED at Rann should be enough to have his job on the line! Students and teachers should not have to suffer through no AIR when it's hot and no HEAT when it's cold! What a crock! Thank you, Joey Lutrell, for standing up for our kids!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of limp noodles...has anyone ever had a conversation with GINDT? Herman Munster...with NO personality!

Anonymous said...

How did he get in there in the first place? Must have some actor skills...

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't compare Gindt to Herman Munster!!! What an INSULT to Herman!!!

Anonymous said...

FYI...There are different kinds of school contracts.....Administration can be fired but you must buy them out of their contract or reassign them to a different position with the same pay as their contract. Teachers can be dismissed from their duties without buying them out of their contract. The best advise I can give you is attend the board meetings and voice your opinion during the public session.

We must hold the Adminnistration resposible for the heat at Rann and I think we need a group at the meeting on Dec. 19 to stand up for our kids and support the board members who are trying to make a difference.

Anonymous said...

anon1:04....if your that lazy about picking up your kids, then stop breeding your moron.ifthat 15 minute sleet storm that hit at 8 am never hit, we would had never had icy roads. THEN, if they cancelled school to begin with you, you would be running your fat mouth about why they cancelled and now you have to find a sitter for themake up day.
give it up already.
and for the dummy that "claims" her son was in a minor accident, its your own fault that you let your teenager drive inthe first place.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 12:19, can you read a RADAR that SHOWS the ice storm is only an hour away? You are obviously the same kind of "genius" as the administrators who can't seem to do that! Any "moron" with any semblance of an education could have SEEN the ice was definitely on its way. Maybe it is you that shouldn't breed.

Anonymous said...

anon 8:28 am, you are as dumb asw you sound. who cares what the "radar" claims will happen. has the weatherman ever been wrong? ever? you must be stupid to beleive evertyhing they claim will happen on a radar.1 out ofevery 10 times do they predict snow or ice correctly.
please, dont ever be a weatherman.