Tifton Gazette

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February 25, 2013

Weather causes nine school closings

TIFTON — Due to inclement weather, Tift County schools and several area schools are closed today. Most school systems plan to resume classes Wednesday.

Tift County Schools Superintendent Patrick Atwater released the following statement Monday morning: “Based on current and forecasted weather conditions and out of precaution for transportation safety, the decision has been made to cancel school for tomorrow, Feb. 26. At this time, school is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Feb. 27. If this information changes, it will be posted on our website, local radio and local television. Faculty and staff are not expected to report to work. Principals will report to work to turn around any students that come to school and need to be returned home.”

The local school system released the following statement minutes later, “Based upon deteriorating road conditions, the decision has been made to allow parents to begin immediately picking up car riders at all schools. At this time, plans are for buses to continue to run their regular routes this afternoon. Students that drive to Tift County High School can begin checking out immediately. Kent Road is currently closed. Principals and staff will remain at all schools for the remainder of the day.”

Tiftarea Academy is also closed today. Employees do not have to report to school. As of Monday afternoon, it was undetermined if school would reopen Wednesday.

Public Relations Director Ashley Mock informed The Gazette that there were no plans to cancel classes today at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, as of Monday afternoon. However, Moultrie Technical College Tifton Campus did cancel classes for today.

The college released the following statement Monday afternoon: “Due to extremely large rain fall levels making the roads impassable in many of our counties, all campuses of MTC, as well as all GED test preparation/Adult Education sites, will be closed for Monday evening classes tonight and all day Tuesday, Feb. 26. At this time, we plan to reopen Wednesday as usual. Additionally, the public school systems in our service delivery area of Colquitt, Tift, Turner and Worth counties have announced that they will also be closed, so we will not have dually enrolled high school students on campus. Please be safe out there, and stay tuned to the MTC website, the MTC Alert system (voicemail, e-mail and text messaging) and local TV and radio stations for updates.”

Also, the Historic Village is closed today due to inclement weather. The museum, gallery and country store will remain open.

Other counties that have closed their schools today include:

• Ben Hill County: Superintendent Nancy Whiddon told The Gazette Monday afternoon that at that time, they were not canceling school. She stated that parents would be notified through the school system’s automated call system if they found that it was necessary to do so. Later that afternoon, according to a Ben Hill County school official, it was determined that the local schools would be closed today. As of Monday afternoon, it was undetermined if school would reopen Wednesday.

• Berrien County: Staff needs to report to school if possible. School is planned to reopen Wednesday.

• Cook County: School will resume Wednesday. The building will be open for teachers to work today, but they are not required to report to school, says Assistant Superintendent Jeff Shealey.

• Irwin County: School is closed today for students only. Faculty and staff are to report to school by 9 a.m. School is planned to reopen Wednesday.

• Turner County: Staff needs to report to school if possible. As of Monday afternoon, it was undetermined if school would reopen Wednesday. Superintendent Ray Jordan said they will assess the weather conditions today.

• Worth County: Planning to resume school Wednesday. Local schools have been closed since Monday. However, some employees were expected to report to school, according to a Worth County school official.

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