Icy Friday results in dicey ride on roads

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By Thomas Barr

      LEBANON JUNCTION - Parts of the county escaped the light path of freezing rain which sweep across the area on Friday morning.

     But others got just enough of the frozen precipitation to make driving and walking hazardous.

     As a result, students in the Bullitt County Public School System got an unexpected three-day vacation as classes were cancelled on Friday.

     Superintendent Keith Davis said a normal inspection of the roads concluded around 4:45 a.m. and everything looked dry.

     However, Davis said a bus driver going to warm up her bus reported to school officials that the conditions in Lebanon Junction were deteriorating.

     To avoid having the brunt of the storm hitting the area around 7 a.m. with buses concluding high school and getting ready to begin middle school routes, Davis said the decision was made to put classes under a two-hour delay.

     With the delay decision made at 5:30 a.m., Davis said no students were on buses.

     Looking at the weather reports and listening to staff personnel, Davis said it was evident that things were getting worse, especially in the southern portion of the county.

     As a result, Davis made the call students were waiting for - classes would be cancelled on Friday.

     "It was strictly the Lebanon Junction area at the time we cancelled," said Davis. "But other areas became hazardous after that time."

     Anytime a decision is made to close schools, Davis understands the reaction will be mixed. But in looking at the district's Face book page, most of the comments were favorable.

     The snow day broke a streak dating back to the 2010-11 school year. Classes were not cancelled at all last year due to inclement weather.

     In terms of making up the day, Davis said there is a professional development day on March 15, which could be used.

     There are also days at the end of the school year.

     At this stage, Davis said he isn't sure when the day will be made up.

     "We will probably wait a couple of weeks to see if we get more inclement weather before decision whether to use it or not," said Davis.

     With the cancellation, it normally means that after school activities are also cancelled.

     Davis made another evaluation on Friday afternoon and decided that all school activities would be cancelled. This includes homecoming games at Bullitt East and Bullitt Central.

     The state cheerleading competition, which included squads from North Bullitt and Bullitt East, was scheduled for Saturday in Bowling Green. That competition has been moved back to Feb. 23 on the WKU campus.