Area schools wait out snow before any calendar changes
by Mark Andrews
Jan 13, 2011 | 4107 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Edgar Stone, school bus mechanic for the Cartersville City School System, sweeps snow off a school bus at the city transportation facility. Stone spent Wednesday morning clearing snow off the buses and starting them up to be certain that they will be ready to go when school resumes. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Bartow County and Cartersville City schools as of Wednesday had not made any decision to alter their school calendars for the 2011 school year due to recent snow days.

"We just won't know anything until we get back together and [superintendent] Dr. (John) Harper has a chance to talk to the board," Ben Desper, Assistant Superintendent for Bartow County Schools said. "I'm sure there might be some alteration to the calendar, but right now it's just too early to tell."

The state allows schools to cancel up to four days for students in case of inclement weather or other emergencies.

Area schools canceled classes once in December 2010 due to inclement weather, but as of press time, the schools canceled three days this week.

Assistant Superintendent for Cartersville City Schools Ken Clouse said beyond transportation issues due to the weather, navigating on foot across an icy campus can also be a danger to students.

"The safety of our kids is our first and foremost priority," Clouse said. "We're going to have to see how many days we're going to be out before we can make any adjustments to the calendar."

Dr. Davis Nelson, interim principal for Excel Christian Academy, said the school also would wait to make any changes to the calendar.