AREA SCHOOLS Tough calls on snow days

Let the second guessing begin. We are only two days into December and after two November snowfall events, parents and residents were criticizing schools for both closing and opening.

On Wednesday — during the recent winter storm, only Fredonia and Dunkirk remained open. In the city, according to the National Weather Service, a little less than 2 inches fell. Superintendent Dr. James Tracy defended his decision.

“Superintendents generally start at 3:30 or 4 in the morning on days like today to research the forecast and reach out to the National Weather Center … I got in my vehicle and drove all around at about 5 in the morning in Dunkirk,” he said. “I got out and walked a few sidewalks, and things seemed fine.”

Fredonia Superintendent Jeffrey Sortisio also kept his district open — and for all intents and purposes, it was a good decision. By the school day’s end — for both districts that had much less snow than other areas — the storm had let up and roads were clear.

Tracy may have summed it up best: “You don’t close because your neighbors got 2 feet of snow.”

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