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Snow days

It appears just about everybody in Wichita has an opinion about snow days … when the district shuts down classes because of the weather. Students love snow days, and always have. But others find snow days to be an inconvenience … and worthy of their critical advice to the school administrators.
Speaking with Wichita school superintendent John Allison, I realized through the criticism he has received that virtually everyone is an expert on school closings. Allison doesn’t like snow days because time lost beyond a certain floor must be made up by the end of the year. U-S-D 259 has had six snow days this winter … more than anyone can remember.
Allison tells me the buses “triple route” … with one bus picking up students for elementary, middle, and high schools. One late bus can be a big problem.
Those buses operate on residential streets, always the last to get any sanding or plowing. And consider this: 20,000 Wichita public school students … 40% of enrollment … ride the bus to school every day.
Our thought for today is from Robert Half:
“Free advice is worth the price.”

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03/02/2011 1:20AM
Snow days
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