Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

December 10, 2013

Icy rural roads stop school again

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Icy roads, especially in the areas outside of Pauls Valley, convinced officials to call off school on Tuesday for yet another day.

It was the fourth straight weekday for classes in PV and many other school districts in Garvin County and the region to cancel school because of a large winter system pushing through last week.

In fact, the storm first dropped sleet back on Thursday afternoon and evening, Dec. 5, before the snow came in with round two the following day.

The winter system resulted in classes being canceled here for those two days.

That was quickly followed by the announcement of no school in PV for both Monday and this latest one today, Dec. 9-10.

PV school Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa the decision to shut down school for Tuesday was again based on the condition of the roads in the rural areas outside of Pauls Valley.

“The main roads were OK,” Huckabaa said on Monday.

“The problem is with the rural routes,” she said. “Those roads were way too icy, so we couldn’t have school. They’re still in bad shape.

“We didn’t want to get the kids to school and then not be able to get them home safely. For their safety we couldn’t have school and then not be able to get them home.

“We have to be better safe than sorry.”

The icy rural roads were a problem for many others as school districts throughout the county decided to keep classes closed for at least one more day on Tuesday.

Another of the problems more local to PV was the condition of the roads around Jackson hill and the local elementary school.

“We couldn’t get the buses up Jackson hill on the back side,” Huckabaa added.

Staff members spent part of the weekend and Monday clearing sidewalks and parking lots at the different schools.

The local superintendent stresses even with the four days off because of the weather, the impact is expected to be minimal on the school year’s calendar in PV.

“We have snow days built it,” she said adding there are a number of days scheduled each year for inclement weather.

Huckabaa said an entire school year consists of at least 1,080 instruction hours.

She adds the local district is on pace to easily surpass that level, even with days off because of this latest round of icy winter weather.