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School Director Made "The Right Call"
Posted on January 21, 2013
Despite harsh criticism from some parents, many now say Lawrence County's director of schools made "the right call" not to dismiss class early last Thursday due to snow.
Forecasters predicted snow followed by warmer temperatures later in the day.
Dr. Bill Heath decided to keep kids in school until 3 p.m., which is the normal dismissal time.
He felt it would be "too dangerous" to let kids go home early, while it was snowing.
"Most definitely we were not going to put kids on the road when the roads were bad and slick," Dr. Heath told TV Station, WKRN
At the time not all parents agreed with Heath's decision.
More than two dozen parents called local radio station WDXE to voice their disapproval live on the air.
Friday, many parents spoke out in support of the school district's leader, praising him for keeping students in school.
Several crashes were reported in Lawrence County last Thursday due to hazardous conditions.