Parents: "Why Was School Not Delayed?"

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

The snow flurries in Beaufort County came and went, but not without controversy. Some concerned parents called our newsroom, upset about the school board's decision to allow buses on the road during the snow storm.

But according to the Highway Patrol, there was little to be concerned about. Wednesday morning, the snow did not have a chance to stick. But parents called Beaufort County Schools and complained. Board members say they monitored the situation, through the National Weather Service, local media, the D.O.T and Highway Patrol and decided the roads were safe for drivers to pick up students, without delaying classes.

Hodges says they received no reports of incidents on any of their buses during the snowfall, Wednesday morning.

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  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Mar 9, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    Yeah, it snowed, yeah it was dangerous, and yes people should have gotten out. But seriously people, what happened, happened, and griping isn't going to change it.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 17, 2009 at 01:48 PM
    It's so funny that these yankees move down here and talk about us North Carolinians complaining about the school decision when they are the ones who gripe about our summer saying "Gosh it's too hot" or will freak out when a hurricane ends up getting to the Jersey shoreline or Long Island. I don't care what was the school board's decision was. What I am complaining about is the yankees that come down and start to run their mouth about anything that has to do with NC. I once told a girl from New York that went to ECU and was complaining about the Panthers getting television coverage over the Cowboys(yeah she's a rival of giants fans) to move her butt to either Texas or back to New York where she belongs and she was offended. As far as the yankee movement into NC, it's the further east you are in NC. I hate to say this about my own alma mater, but ECU & UNCW have turned into yankee schools compared to any college west of I-95. Yankee girls can stay but yankee dudes must go back up north.
  • by T Location: Washington on Feb 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    Personally, I have no problems with people from the north. I think they help our economy tremendously. I do have a problem with those calling us ignorant. Remember, 17 runs north and south. The ones that bash us, I promise you will not be missed. Glad school was not cancelled. Good call by the powers that be.
  • by Laughing at you Location: Beaufort on Feb 6, 2009 at 09:59 AM
    OMG, i'm willing to bet there are more accidents on non-snow days than there were on the other day. Everyones looking for some kind of free ride, be it a day off work, a bonus or just someone else to it the teachers who are way underpaid for the garbage they put up w/ from mouthy kids and parents or the bus drivers who are just doing their jobs to keep our children safe and get them from point A to point B. Get a life it was a little white stuff from the sky, it was gone as quickly as it came. Move on already!!
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Feb 6, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    I don't think school should have been canceled or delayed either but I do want to know if we are all ignorant, why do all you YANKEES want to move down here? You'd think you'd be smarter than that!!
  • by Carrie on Feb 6, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Hey "Grammar" since you have all the correct answers and seem to think this is a Politically correct /English class.Remember many people do not take opinions kindly when shoved down your throat! Glad you wear your pants a little different than everyone else and have no quirks.
  • by Janel Location: Greenville on Feb 6, 2009 at 03:52 AM
    I didn't drive on the secondary roads around Beaufort Co to know for certain their condition. I do believe that too often school is delayed or canceled because of conditions that do not truly exist. The bus drivers are primarily teachers' aids who do not undergo a very rigorous training. But like most people in all of the world, they have the potential to underestimate icy conditions and not take care. I cannot number the times I have seen drivers realize that they are on ice and hit the breaks to slow down. Do the driver's ed courses not go over how to avoid accidents? Speaking of accidents, how many accidents are there when it rains? When overconfident or frightened drivers are on the road, accidents happen, ice or no. The school board evaluated the roads, found them to be safe to reasonable drivers exercising caution to drive upon. My teenagers were on the roads, too. the difference is, I've done my job as a parent and taken them driving on icy roads and taught them. Have you?
  • by jr Location: bath on Feb 6, 2009 at 03:23 AM
    i'm glad there was school. we had only one grandchild, and not three! good decision, whoever mad it.
  • by whats your point Location: belhaven on Feb 6, 2009 at 01:07 AM
    most people down here don't get much chance to drive in the snow. up north and in the mid-west they have these things called snowplows. i know... saw on when i lived in colorado. here we are lucky if farmer brown takes his tractor and box blade and trys to scrape the road. i was out during the snow the other morning, and yes most of the roads in belhaven were good. it was 264 between midway store and the bardy road, snow all the way across the road, another patch closer to everettes crossraods, and another smaller spot on seed tick neck road. 99 between hubs wreck road and the bridge in belhaven also wasn't the greatest. i can drive in the snow, i just don't like to. as someone else said if you slow down and pay attention you will be fine, which is the mind set i went with. my dad drove truck for over 30 years, and i was taught fairly well how to drive in bad weather. doesn't mean that i have to like it. i understand how some of the parents feel, but i see the school boards side too.
  • by Snowbunny Location: snow hill on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:09 PM
    You got it right the south can't drive in rain,dry roads let alot a dusting of snowwhen I lived in Upstate New York,WE HAD TO WALK IN SNOW UP TO OUR BUTTS AND WENT EVERY DAY WE HAD IT.We didn't teacher's work days because of it. Get a life people wake up.

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