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Schools make right, safe call

Wiregrass superintendents knew it was better to be safe than sorry with the winter weather.
"Transportation made it an obvious choice for us not to have school,” said Dothan City Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder.
"Transportation made it an obvious choice for us not to have school,” said Dothan City Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder.
Schools in the Wiregrass will reopen on Friday, January 31.
Schools in the Wiregrass will reopen on Friday, January 31.

Sometimes it’s a gamble.

"Sometimes you look back at these decisions and it’s a beautiful day at 60 degrees and it’s sunny. We have to weigh those decisions,” said Dothan City Schools Superintendent, Tim Wilder.

But Wiregrass superintendents knew it was better to be safe than sorry and after what we saw in northern parts of the state where some children actually had to spend the night at school, they say they made the right decision.

“As a young superintendent I worried about every decision that I made and what people thought and the criticism that I would receive. A few years back I made a decision to close school for the threat of tornadoes and that afternoon the sun was shining and I pulled up to a red light and someone recognized me and rolled down their window and cursed at me. Little did they know 25 miles to the east, Enterprise High School was destroyed and there were multiple deaths. From that point forward I never questioned a decision I made in trying to protect students and teachers and staff,” said Houston County Schools Superintendent Tim Pitchford.

With that in mind, the decision was made to cancel school.

“You have to look at your population and find out where they’re going to be the most safe. In this condition though the driving condition is what made the decision for us. Transportation made it an obvious choice for us not to have school,” said Dothan City Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder.

He says when they looked at the radars they quickly realized they would not be prepared for this weather.

“We’re not equipped for that. Our schools aren’t equipped for that. It was an easy decision this time but I see what’s happened in north Alabama and that students are snowed in. We don’t want that to ever happen,” said Wilder.

The heat has already been turned on at area schools and they were thoroughly inspected today… ready for students to come back after a few fun southern snow days.

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