Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

February 25, 2014

MSD of Wayne Township recovering from tough winter

By Brenda L. Holmes brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com
Hendricks County Flyer

---- — It’s no secret that this year’s winter season has been one for the record books with brutally low temperatures and high snow fall totals.

The hazardous road conditions coupled with dangerously cold temperatures have caused the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township to cancel school several times. The district also had to close school on Sept. 26, 2013, due to the funeral procession for IMPD Officer Ray Bradbury.

The district has been closed Sept. 26, Jan. 7-10, Jan. 28, and Feb. 5.

“We build two extra days into the calendar each year, and we received waivers from the Indiana Department of Education for Sept. 26 and Jan. 7,” Chief Communications Officer for the MSD of Wayne Township Mary Lang said. “That left us with three days to make up.”

The district has also had two-hour delays four times and been dismissed early once this winter.

“We made one day up on Feb. 17,” Lang said. “We will make another up on June 6. The third instructional day we are required to make up will be split with the approval of our conditional waiver through the Indiana Department of Education. One additional hour of instruction will be added to the regularly scheduled school day on March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20.”

Using the options of adding days at the end of the year and adding hours to six days has made it possible for Wayne Township schools to get the required 180 days in class prior to graduation.

Graduation for Ben Davis High School and Ben Davis University High School is set forJune 7.

The weather conditions also caused the district to spend more money on snow removal.

“We spent more money plowing and removing snow than we have during winters of the recent past,” Lang said. “We used more road salt than before, causing us to search nationwide for additional sources. We recently purchased salt from Texas that will arrive this week.”

The administration has also rented equipment to move the large piles of accumulated snow from campus entrances and parking lots.

“Overall, we incurred very little damage due to weather,” Lang said. “The most serious setback was at the Education Center. The cold weather led to a burst sprinkler head, which flooded a number of offices.”