Rochester city schools remain open Thursday

Posted at: 03/13/2014 7:28 AM
Updated at: 03/13/2014 12:18 PM
By: Pat Taney

The Rochester City School District’s decision to stay open did not set well with all parents and even bus drivers.

School No. 23 opened for classes early Thursday morning. The buses began lining up around 8:00 a.m. Many of the routes were delayed because of road conditions. At least two parents say they nearly crashed on their way in.

Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas made the call around 5:00 a.m. He talked with city engineers who assured him that the roads and sidewalks were good to go. The district stands by the decision despite protest from even the most experienced school bus drivers.

Roy Giunta, bus driver, said, “The roads are really bad. The streets weren't plowed so it's been hard. We've been about a half hour to 45 minutes delayed. I think the district should have closed.”

Angel Santos, parent, said, “It's just a disaster trying to get here. Just the way in, I almost ran into a few cars. The roads aren't read for travel yet.”

Not all parents were opposed to schools being closed. Some, mainly those who have kids that walk to school, thought the sidewalks were in pretty good shape. The district says safety is the number one concern. They stand by their decision and felt it was an appropriate call to make today.

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