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Canceling School: Not Always an Easy Decision

GRAVETTE, Ark. – Snow and ice mixed with a little sunshine can melt away hope for canceled classes, but making that decision isn't always easy.
GRAVETTE, Ark. – Snow and ice mixed with a little sunshine can melt away hope for canceled classes, but making that decision isn't always easy.

"The main roads, we believe, will be okay, "says Dr. Richard Page, Superintendent of Gravette schools.”It's going to be a lot of the side roads that we're most concerned with. I think it's a little bit more challenging particularly in the rural areas,"

For example: Gravette, a town called home to just under 1,900 students across 150 square miles.

Before the final call to cancel school is made, Page relocates from a desk to a drivers seat.

"I have a little bit of 4-wheel drive on my vehicle," says Page.

He spent time on Tuesday testing the terrain.

"The roads are still covered here," Page says driving down an icy street. "This would not be a safe road to drive on."

In some spots, tires met the pavement with no problems, but the farther northeast he traveled, asphalt disappeared under slush.

"All of this is the Gravette school district," says Page, pointing forward from behind the steering wheel. "The sun will go down in about 30 minutes and the temperature will start dropping."

The fear of a freeze is keeping school doors closed and playgrounds empty for at least one more day.

"Buses are the safest transportation," says Page. "But we still don't want them out taking chances when it's unnecessary."

(article originally posted on KNWA)

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