For some schools, snow (almost always) still means go - News, Weather & Sports

For some schools, snow (almost always) still means go

Sophie Bowling Sophie Bowling
Kelley Ransdell Kelley Ransdell
Dr. Joan Frey Dr. Joan Frey
Mike Syracuse Mike Syracuse

ANCHORAGE, KY (WAVE) - March has brought 3 to 4 inches, mixed, of snow, sleet and ice. But fourth-grader Sophie Bowling was A-OK with her school's two-hour-delay.

"Because when they're (other districts) in school in the summer, we will already be out," said Sophie.

"If we had had bus transportation we would not have been having school today," School Superintendent Kelley Ransdell said. "Anchorage Public Works had the roads in phenomenally-good condition."

Anchorage has but one public school, for 365 students, kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents provide all transportation. City limits cover three square miles. Together, they help explain why Anchorage has racked up only three snow days for the 2013-14 school year.

By contrast, Jefferson County Public Schools students must make up ten days lost to inclement weather. As of Monday, the last day of classes would be June 11.

"You can't compare District A to District B," Ransdell said. "But I hope our students do take away from it work ethic; that when you can be at work, when you can be at school, you do that."

Weather has offered more than a few teaching moments for students of Galen College of Nursing, according to Dean of Students Dr. Joan Frey.

"(Monday) is one of only two times this winter season that we have canceled," Dr. Frey said. "Patients need to be able to trust their nurses."

"You will be future nurses someday with patients needing care during all weather conditions," Dr. Frey messaged students December 10. "Galen is open. Make your best decision about travel."

But March 3 posed exceptional challenges.

"We have students who come from long distances," Dr Frey said. "Some as far as Brown County, Indiana. We have employees commuting, and had to take them under consideration."

Winter has long since lost it mystique, for the custodial crew of Meyzeek Middle School, in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood.

"We don't have a snowblower so we have to do everything by hand here," said Mike Syracuse, chief custodian at Meyzeek.

Though classes were canceled throughout JCPS, Syracuse and his crew were shoveling Meyzeek's sidewalks just before noon.

"My main thing is the safety of my crew," Syracuse said. "I wanted the roads to be a little clearer, before they came in."

Safety meant a 10 a.m. start, rather than 6 a.m.

"The most important thing for us," Syracuse asked rhetorically. "Get the sidewalks cleared for the buses tomorrow - if there's school."

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