Superintendent Says Why He Called Off School

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Bertie County Schools Superintendent Chip Zullinger said he wasn't taking any chances when he decided to cancel school for the day.

Although most of the ice had melted and turned to mud by the afternoon, Zullinger said superintendents take a big risk if they send children to school when the roads are filled with ice. He says he would rather be cautious and prevent a potential disaster.

This was the third day of school missed for county students due to weather. Zullinger says those days are expected to be added on to the school year.

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  • by To Why Location: Windsor on Feb 5, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    If you think it was such a poor decision then put you children out there. If you have none then wait tillyou do and you will see how precious they are! Go Zullinger!
  • by Moe Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    During the time some of you decide to insult Southerners and their intellect, you have forgotten one mere point. We are not used to driving in the snow. Unlike our last snowfall, the snow that did fall in Pitt County this week was minimal. We were fully capable of driving in it. Therefore, we did not need a delay or a snow day. The snow in Bertie County was much more than we received here. Since the superintendent made the executive decision to cancel school, the parents in that county should be praising him that he did not want to risk their children's lives in such weather. Back to the Yankee's who make fun of us in the South- you should know that we insult you when it comes to hurricanes and tropical storms. Some of you are not ready for it and also look silly running to the stores at the last minute buying supplies you should already have in your hurricane kit. So instead of insulting each other, we should be able to teach each other how to deal with the different types of weather.
  • by WHY? Location: Chowan on Feb 5, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    Another poor decision made by Mr. Zullinger. SHAME ON YOU!
  • by Anonymous Location: Windsor on Feb 5, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    I think it was a good move to all it takes is one accident with a bus and 40 kids can get hurt it's not worth the risk. Good move.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:01 PM
    He probably didn't want to have to listen to all the whiners like the ones in Beaufort County.
  • by robert Location: newport on Feb 4, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    To: watch and learn: you are in left field. The article said exactly what it needed to say. Bertie County Schools Superintendent Chip Zullinger made the correct decision. Let it be.
  • by Leslie on Feb 4, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    Go Chip! Bertie County Schools finally hit the news with good news and not bad. Good job Mr. Zullinger
  • by Watch and Learn on Feb 4, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    You know, this article would have been even more critical of the Superintendent had one school child been involved in an automobile accident, or a teacher broken his/her hip after falling on ice. Yet, the article still seems critical of Mr. Zullinger for his decision to side with caution and let the Bertie folks (who are not accustomed to driving in winter weather) stay at home. The point that should be taken from this article is that people in leadership positions often have difficult decisions to make. They are hired for the positions they hold because they tend to make good decisions. Of course, writing that kind of news story won't sell. Canceling school today was a responsible decision. WITN may want to rethink the way the article is writen. As it stands now, the article is critical of someone who elected to side with safety and the prospect of a future make-up day as opposed to pressure to hold school. Good job Mr. Zellinger!

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