Selective cancellations better for students
I'm troubled by the fact that we've already experienced one delayed start and one missed day and the brunt of the winter season isn't anywhere near. Really? Canceling school because of power outages when all power was restored by 8 a.m.? Delaying school because of "expected" weather? These were both unreasonable excuses to alter the normal school schedule.
When one area of the county is impacted by adverse weather, but the majority of the county is not, I don't see that as a reason to cancel school for the entire population. Last year, when Hardin Park and Watauga High School were canceled because of a water main break, did that not set the precedent that schools could be dismissed selectively? Safety of our students and staff is certainly a priority, but it should not be an excuse to wreck school schedules from November to April every year.
I urge the members of our school board to consider the actions of the interim superintendent and the fact that our students are already needlessly missing school days.
Surely a national search for a qualified candidate can result in someone to lead our school system who is able to creatively devise a plan to operate our schools so that the majority of students can attend the majority of the time.
Mary Sheryl Horine Boone