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Unexpected snow day adds to JCPS calendar woes

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"What we have to make a determination about is what's best for all students," said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey. "What we have to make a determination about is what's best for all students," said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County school board will decide Monday night how the district will make up at least some of its snow days.

The board will have one more day to deal with after Monday's somewhat surprising decision to cancel classes.

Last Thursday, JCPS was criticized for putting buses on the road after an ice storm.

Now, some believe the school district made a bad call when it canceled school after Sunday night's light snow.

But school district officials believe they made the right call for student safety.

"It surprised me," said Carolyn Burgess, who has lived in her Valley Station neighborhood for 40 years. "I mean they've had school when the roads were a lot worse."

Though parts of her street were still icy and snow covered at midday, Burgess has seen much worse. And she doesn't understand why JCPS called off school this morning.

"I have no idea what Jefferson County does. I don't know how they make their decisions. But today, I don't know why there wasn't school," said Burgess.

The Valley Station area did get more snow than other parts of the county. JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey says the uneven snowfall complicated the decision to cancel.

"They may look out their window and see that there's not a lot of snow, but in other areas there was really heavy snow. And what we have to make a determination about is what's best for all students," said Jackey.

By midday some of the problem streets were cleared and salted. But Jackey says it would not have been soon enough for even a delay call.

"We didn't think there was a significant enough rise in the temperatures to improve conditions at all. There would be some roads that probably would improve a little bit just because of some traffic going through. But mostly we're talking about side roads, so that's not going to be the case," he said.

So far, JCPS has used eight snow days, meaning the last day of school is now June 11.

If, as expected, the school board votes to use two make-up days later this month, the dismissal date would push back to June 9.

But winter is still far from over. And even for students enjoying an off-day in Cherokee Park, the prospect of sliding into in classrooms in mid-June, is not pleasant.

"I feel like if they canceled school today, there's going to be a lot worse days that they're going to have to cancel, and we're never going to get out of school," said Natalie Lewis, a junior at Atherton High School.

The school board will vote Monday night whether to use Feb. 24 and 25 to make up two of the eight snow days.

Unless other actions are taken, future cancellations will be added to the end of the year.

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