School District Thinks Safety First

1 decade 1 year 8 months ago Monday, January 22 2007 Jan 22, 2007 Monday, January 22, 2007 5:11:00 PM CST January 22, 2007 in News

"The way that we determine our snow routes is by communication with the drivers as to what routes are good. And, generally, you're going to look at your blacktop surfaces," said Mike Parnell, New Bloomfield superintendent.

Parnell says his district's biggest concern is getting students to and from school safely.That's a huge concern for parents too.

"As far as, you know, having the kids walk a little further up to another place- and I'm sure parents go with them or older siblings- and that is a lot safer," said Leslie Wilson, a parent in New Bloomfield.

Snow banks on the sides of seemingly clear roads can make it almost impossible for busses to get through.  New Bloomfield's snow routes are designed to keep busses running on major roads like Route J.  Parnell believes blocked roads shouldn't block education.

"We're able to maintain continuity in our education program without having such an interruption with the unplanned breaks."

But Wilson thinks sometimes education needs to take a backseat to safety.

"I think there's times that maybe the school should be closed, because I know there were a couple of times at one point where it was even bad for us living two miles away."

For now, all of New Bloomfield's ten busses will continue running their snow routes.

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