Snow Won't Close MPS; Suburban Districts Unsure
MPS is deciding if the Thursday Storm will cancel school. Video by tmj4.comvideo
Milwaukee--Milwaukee Public Schools expects class to continue as normal Thursday despite forecasts of up to a foot of snow in the city.
"We will have school tomorrow," says spokeswoman Roseann St. Aubin. "But while the kids are in session and they're at their books, we'll be monitoring conditions."
St. Aubin says it's very rare for MPS to close early because of snow. She believes city snow plows will be able to keep up with the storm.
Many suburban districts watch MPS's decision and weigh it as a factor when they talk about cancelling class. Superintendents told TODAYS TMJ4 that they wouldn't make a call until early Thursday morning once they see how conditions pan out.
Mequon Schools Superintendent Demond Means hopes they can be in session. He calls Thursday's forecast the "worst case scenario."
That's because roads probably won't be bad in the morning, but conditions are expected to get worse throughout the day.
"If we have to make the decision to close early, those are horrible decisions," he explained. "For our parents, for our transportation company, it's just bad. It's the worst case scenario."
Means says he and other school superintendents will hold conference calls before dawn. They'll consult each other on the decision, but in the end, each has to do what's right for his own district