Hamilton-Wenham Parents Frustrated After Week’s Worth Of Snow Days

By Ron Sanders, WBZ-TV

HAMILTON (CBS) — Some parents in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District are ready to climb up on the roofs of their schools to clear snow and get them open after they’ve been closed five straight school days. All told, the district has had eight snow days this year. Five are built into its calendar.

Anya Goodridge, already schooled in parenthood, was being tested after classes for her kids were cancelled Tuesday. “It’s been pandalerium,” she said. “And every day, you think there’s no way school’s going to be cancelled tomorrow, and then you get a call from the Assistant Superintendent saying school’s going to be closed. At this point, it’s kind of a joke.”

“When the building inspector just said, ‘We’re not going to let you go to school until you get the snow off,’ that means I can’t have school,” said Superintendent Raleigh Buchanan.

WBZ-TV’s Ron Sanders reports.

After supervising Lego sessions, sledding, video games and visits to museums, Goodridge turned to social media. “A friend on Facebook said, ‘No school again tomorrow. I have a plan and a shovel. Going over to Buker (Elementary School) tonight to clear the roof. Who’s with me?’”

“If someone asked me to come over with a shovel, I’d be there for three hours with two shovels,” said parent Lindsay Pollard.

“I’m very impressed that people want to help. In the past, I’ve used volunteers. But insurance companies now won’t let you do that,” said Buchanan.

The superintendent said he’s been through a roof collapse at a school in Indiana where no one was hurt, but he doesn’t want to take that chance here.

“So, yes, it’s an inconvenience. You know we want kids in school, too, but we want them in a safe school,” said Buchanan.

After climbing up on the roof of the high school to survey snow removal, Buchanan said his district’s elementary schools will be open Wednesday, the high school on Thursday and the middle school Friday.

Assistant Superintendent Peter Gray said there’s a groundswell of support for using February vacation to make up snow days. So, the school committee will take that up Thursday night.

  • emom

    I just dont get people, WHY do they wait till a dissaster happens, WHY,,,,, to prevent a costly expense , especially since all schools can not afford much,,…. Why didnt they just go up there after the 3rd storm and clear it off…….WHY..I tell you some just have no sense of planning or sensibility…

  • Charlotte

    That Anya sounds like a real community leader. Hats of to you! You should start your own business.

  • Christine

    why can’t people stand having their kids home? How did mothers survive before the institution of public education? Is that why it has been established….so parents can get rid of the kids they spawned? That just blows my mind.

    • Gage

      Obviously these parents love their children (as well as the others who they were taking care of) and love to be with them and care about their safety. There was no evidence of those moms “getting rid” of them as you write. The lack of information coming from the school as to why this was taking so long when every other town seemed to have its act together much, much earlier in the game is the key point that did not come across when the moms were interviewed. You clearly must not have children to write such a thing.

  • Jamie

    I get parents being upset, especially if they have to take time off work to be home with the kids. But I for one, would much rather that than having my kids in an unsafe environment. Good for the superintendent, its his job to keep them safe.

    • Gage

      You better believe those parents care about the safety of their children. Of course they do.

  • http://mamadeon.wordpress.com mamadeon

    I don’t understand why the taxpayers (who own the school building) can’t volunteer to clean the roof.

    • nick doe

      Because one “do gooder” will get hurt and then sue the school. Then a bigger mess is made…

  • Charlotte

    Let’s not blame the vicitms here, ladies. If the child can properly cook, clean and make a martini, he is my most welcome guest. But in this day of entitled kids and the emasculation of our boys, we can’t be expected to have them around ALL the time.

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