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Anyone else inconvenienced?

With over 169,000 students, plus their parents, and over 10,000 employees you would think the county could make the call a little sooner so everyone can plan their day. Why is Gwinnett always last to call it, even when it is obvious that it would be unsafe to have classes? The Governor declared a state of emergency hours before Gwinnett made the call. 

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Leslie Martin January 28, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Damned if they do damned if they don't. Can't make everyone happy
M.K. OSBORNE January 28, 2014 at 07:39 PM
It is a complicated well oiled machine , its like a third base coach sending in runners on a good catcher to win the game .
Kristi Reed (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 05:41 AM
Honestly, I'm not sure why we have a taxpayer-funded National Weather Service if no one is going to use the information. We were under a winter storm warning, not a watch. The NWS warned treacherous roadway conditions would develop throughout the day. Our local weather expert Steve Brueck (Daculaweather) has been talking about this event for at least two weeks. When you are dealing with a public safety issue, seems as if it would be prudent to err on the side of caution. I heard on the radio this morning there were students on buses in the metro area as late as 1 a.m. this morning and hundreds had to return to schools for shelter when the buses couldn't finish their routes. Unreal.
Steve Burns (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 05:50 AM
Agree, Kristi. There was plenty of warning about this weather event.
M.K. OSBORNE January 29, 2014 at 07:29 AM
But one bright point to this is .... Not GCPS .
Marie Wise-Miu January 29, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Yet, Gwinnett had no kiddos left sleeping at school last night. Unlike our thousands of kids stranded at school in Fulton County.
JFS January 30, 2014 at 09:50 AM
GCPS was able to avoid the same fate as other counties due to luck and not as a result of good decision making. This was a near-miss. It would have been safer to send everyone home earlier in the day when it was abundantly clear that roads were becoming dangerous in counties to the west. The road conditions were all over the news in the early afternoon. Calling off school for Wednesday was a no-brainer yet it took until 5:50 pm Tuesday. "The decision to close the district on Wednesday was announced at about 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday. It came about an hour after Fulton County Schools announced its district would close, and about two hours after Forsyth and Cobb County Schools announced that they would close."
M.K. OSBORNE January 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM
It takes more than luck to operate the States largest School System with precision of a well oiled machine , will it come down to the wire sometimes .... sure ! . This is not the first close encounter and the fuel of choice is not luck .... it is experience , skill and hard-work to ensure that the mission of providing the opportunity of an education to all of Gwinnett's children is fulfilled as safely and strategically as possible . Ax grinding 101 can be offered at Gwinnett Tech if you request it !
JFS February 11, 2014 at 01:43 PM
The governor and president have declared state of emergencies for Georgia. The weather services are clear about the ice, snow and freezing temps for Wed. Still no decision from GCPC for Wed. Steam engines were well-oiled machines, but they were replaced with something faster and more reliable. If this were a timed test, GCPS would score a goose egg.
M.K. OSBORNE February 11, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Run for Board of Education , Attend a meeting and let them know how you feel .... or do nothing .
M.K. OSBORNE February 11, 2014 at 08:17 PM
And Schools were closed around lunch time today according to TV tickers .....Oh & Enjoy the Obsolete combustible engine and the dependency issues it has caused this country .

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