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December 14, 2010

Most schools remain closed

CAVE CITY — Four of five area schools have cancelled classes for Tuesday due to hazardous road conditions.

Officials with Barren, Metcalfe and Monroe County School systems, plus the Caverna Independent School System, confirmed Monday afternoon that school has been cancelled for Tuesday.

“We’re not going to have school tomorrow,” said Bud Tarry, outgoing transportation director for the Barren County School System, shortly after 3 p.m.

The condition of side roads was what caused school system officials to make the determination.

“The roads have improved a lot, especially the main roads,” Tarry said, but added the side roads where there hasn’t been a lot of traffic and roads that have snow drifts are still not in very good shape.

 A spokesperson for the Caverna Independent School System also confirmed that there would be no school for students on Tuesday. One of the roads in the Caverna Independent School System’s district that was said to be in the worst condition was Grinstead Mill Road, which was still solid ice Monday afternoon.

Officials with the Monroe County School System surveyed the county’s roads Monday afternoon and by 3 p.m. had made the determination that there would be no school on Tuesday.

“We’ve got some slick and hazardous roads,” said Lewis Carter, superintendent. “Our main roads are mostly good, except for a few snow drifts. Our back roads — I sure wouldn’t want to send a bus over them.”

The school day for students who attend the Glasgow Independent School District was delayed by two hours.

The decision to delay the start of school on Tuesday was made by officials with the Glasgow School System on Monday night.

Metcalfe County School System officials made a decision to cancel school on Tuesday late  Monday afternoon.

Pat Hurt, superintendent, said some of the roads in the school district were clear Monday afternoon, but not all of them. School officials were encouraged by how fast the snow and ice on some of the roads in the district was melting earlier in the day and thought there was a possibility that students would attend school Tuesday, but discovered later on Monday that some of the roads were still not in the best shape.

“Until the whole district can go, we can’t go,” she said.

Weather forecasts called for the low temperature Tuesday night to be 12 degrees. Temperatures for Wednesday to hover around the 30 degree mark. Warmer weather is expected on Thursday with a low of 30 and a high of 41. More cold weather is expected by the end of the week with a low of 27 and a high of 41 forecasted for Friday and a high of 29 for Saturday with a low of 23.

Schools will begin to make decisions for Wednesday later Tuesday afternoon. See www.glasgowdaily for updates

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