Archive for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Weather forces schools to be closed in Baldwin City district

December 9, 2009, 7:31 a.m.

Updated: December 9, 2009, 11:26 a.m.

Supt. Paul Dorathy made a tough decision early Wednesday morning to cancel school for the entire district.

High winds and brutal cold temperatures forced the cancellation of school in the Baldwin School District Wednesday. Temperatures were barely in double digits at 10 degrees at 7 a.m. and high winds brought on wind chill factors well below that.

“Some of the roads in town aren’t too bad for adults driving to work, but I don’t want kids out driving on these roads,” Dorathy said. “Plus, my fear is having a bus drive into a ditch on a country road with lots of children aboard and be stuck in these very windy, cold conditions.”

Several area school districts also closed Wednesday, such as Eudora and Santa Fe Trail.

County crews worked throughout the night to keep roads passable and County Road 1055, including Baldwin Hill, didn't have major problems, but were snow packed. n Baldwin City, crews also had the roads passable and were working on them and other areas this morning.

Also working in favor of the roads was the appearance of the sun midmorning. It's helped to melt off snow and ice from streets and roads.

The Signal will update with additional information as it becomes available.

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