Two more school days have already been lost to Louisville's long, snowy winter this week, bringing us to eleven for the year.
I've heard many people – especially older ones – complain that things weren't like this when they were kids. These folks recall putting on their heavy coats and boots and walking to school through six or more inches of the stuff on many occasions, and they wonder why Jefferson County's schools are so trigger-happy these days about shutting down as soon as a few flakes begin to fall.
The difference, of course, is that most of those people went to neighborhood schools instead of being transported all across the county to achieve "diversity."
With so many students having to travel so many miles every day over uncleared subdivision roads, JCPS officials are rightfully concerned about the potential for disaster. But when a policy renders the system so vulnerable that it's forced to grind to a halt so frequently, isn't it time to question whether that policy is worth continuing?
If JCPS returned to the concept of neighborhood schools, a huge amount of bus travel would be eliminated, allowing all our schools to function in a far more effective, economical and consistent manner – even on snowy days. That's certainly not the only argument in favor of neighborhood schools. But right now, I can hardly think of a more timely one.
What do you think? Call and tell us.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.