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Some school districts wait, others close, ahead of expected storm

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public Schools administrators put off a decision on Friday's classes until the morning, as others closed schools the day before a winter storm moved into Kentuckiana.

JCPS administrators will monitor road conditions and work with the National Weather Service on the forecast, said Ben Jackey, a district spokesman.

"If (snow) happens the night before, it can make things a little easier," Jackey said. "Friday, what we're looking at, based on some of the computer models we've seen, is that this could be happening while we're at school. So that could make for a very difficult decision."

As JCPS administrators considered their options, school officials in Floyd and Clark counties said they would make a final decision early Friday morning to avoid having to release students early. In other Indiana districts, it's already official -- schools will not open Friday.

Administrators at Medora Community Schools west of Seymour, Ind., were the first to make their decision to close.

"Some guys were kidding me about it, and I said, 'Hey, the safety of our kids comes first,'" Superintendent Tom Judd said. "We're a rural district, and we're not going to get out on the roads in the morning or afternoon."

The 254-student district won't risk an early release because administrators would be sending some students home to an empty house, Judd said.

Great Clark County Schools will make a decision about classes by 6 a.m. after a handful of district officials assess the roads, said Erin Bojorquez, a spokeswoman for the district.

New Albany-Floyd County Schools administrators will make their decision by 5:30 a.m. and want to avoid an early dismissal once students are already in school, Facilities Director Bill Wiseheart said.

Parents said they would prefer to know as soon as possible.

"If the weather's going to be bad, I would prefer they let us know at midnight than (early the next morning)," said Julie Binford, the mother of two JCPS students who said they were hoping for a snow day.