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Making The Call: Superintendents Talk School Closings


When the snow falls ... parents, students and teachers want to know whether or not school will be canceled. But delaying or canceling school because of snow is a tough decision made by superintendents

"It's always first and foremost about safety," said Dr. Art Tate, Davenport Schools Superintendent.

Late starts, early outs and school cancellations. Any day with snow in the forecast, is an early day for a school superintendent.

"Most superintendents you talk to will say they're up at 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning," said Tate. "Look at the weather reports at night, get up very early and confirm what the weather reports are saying."

But checking reports isn't the entirety of it. In Davenport, there are school officials that travel in those questionable conditions. They test the roadways before bus drivers, parents and students have to drive on them.

"One of the most difficult calls is ... should I send people to school and then they'd have unsafe conditions going home?"

Tate said it's always a tough call. And no matter what decision he makes, it's almost always controversial among parents.

"I'm usually 50% right and 50% wrong," Tate said. "Not everyone is going to be happy but the responsibility falls on me and I have confidence in my decisions and I stand by them."

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