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JCPS delays first day of school due to power outages, storm damage

by WHAS editors

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 15 at 11:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)- Fierce winds and piercing rain left a trail of destruction throughout the metro area Saturday. Toppled trees and downed power lines, mother nature’s wrath was enough to call off the first day of school. An act of God even the great Ferris Bueller could not top.

The extra day of summer does not seem to bother students.

"It's all over Facebook if you haven't checked. Everybody is making statuses about it like an extra day of summer, who's not excited about that," said Angelita Watley, Eastern High sophomore.
Well, school officials are not exactly thrilled. Sure, it would have been nice to start school Monday as planned, but superintendent Donna Hargens says with conditions as they are, it was important to make safety the top priority.
"When you see intersections out like I said and cars having trouble maneuvering through them. Many schools without power and families without power. When you've got all those variables, you know it's the right decision to make," said Hargens.
Restoring power and clearing trees will help get things running, but most of what happens will be out of the district’s hands. JCPS will use Monday to do everything it can to make this extended summer vacation only last one day.
"The buses are actually running the routes to see exactly what could be the obstacles and what intersections aren't working properly. Are there trees still down, what needs to happen," said Hargens.
Parents say they understand the dilemma facing the district and are doing what they can to adjust,
"I was like oh God, good. I haven't done her hair, and I haven't cleaned her room and organized it from buying school clothes," said mom Persia Williams.
"I don't blame them. I called it this morning. Before they even did it. I said they'd cancel school because everybody is out of power, you ain't going to send them to school," said parent Mike Jarboe.

In addition to JCPS, Trinity and Assumption high schools will also be postponing the first day of school.

Childcare Enrichment Program (CEP) will be available on Monday, August 15, 2011 for students who are already registered for the 2011-2012 school year. Due to widespread power outages and damages in the Louisville area, the following schools have been designated for CEP.

Bloom Elementary, Brown School, Cane Run Elementary, Chenoweth Elementary, Coleridge-Taylor Elementary, Doss High School, Fern Creek Elementary, Minors Lane Elementary, Olmsted South, Stopher Elmentary, Stuart Middle, Tully Elementary, Wilder Elementary, Watterson Elementary and Zachary Taylor Elementary.

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