Education

Fayette schools complete regular day despite the snow

A school bus pulled into Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011.  Fayette Co. schools started school on schedule on Wednesday.
A school bus pulled into Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011. Fayette Co. schools started school on schedule on Wednesday.

Fayette County Public Schools ended the day on normal schedules Wednesday as district officials said that road conditions had improved since the morning.

The district drew extensive criticism for holding classes Wednesday despite slippery conditions. Many other area districts were closed for the day.

Superintendent Stu Silberman said district officials decided about 6 a.m. to hold classes, based on the best weather information available at the time.

According to Silberman, the district usually makes a decision about 5 a.m., but officials pushed the time back to 6 a.m. Wednesday because conditions were uncertain.

No snow was falling at 5 a.m., although snow was forecast, Silberman said. He said there was no snow at 6 a.m., and district officials thought that if snow did develop, it would become only slush. At that point, they made the decision to have school, he said.

Some buses experienced minor trouble when road conditions worsened later in the morning, Silberman said. Problems included a bus that stalled on a hill in the Beacon Hill area.

All students reached schools safely, he said.

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