The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Education

January 8, 2014

School officials: Roads need substantial improvement

ANDERSON, Ind. — Unless there is a dramatic improvement in road conditions throughout Madison County during the next 24 hours, some area schools could remain closed until Monday.

Following the 12-inch snowfall on Sunday and the subzero temperatures Monday and Tuesday the area could receive another inch of snow by Friday with a chance of freezing rain.

For the fourth consecutive day, area schools were closed Thursday as a result of the combination of glazed roads and low temperature. Students have been out of school since before the Christmas holiday. The problem for students and school staff is snow days in January and February normally have to be made up in March and June.

The Indiana Department of Education will not require the schools to make up the school days missed on Monday and Tuesday.

“We’re going to try and open on Friday,” Bobby Fields, superintendent of Frankton-Lapel Community Schools, said Wednesday. “The conditions will have to improve a bunch.

“We’ll have to be really lucky,” he said of opening on Friday. “It will depend on the road conditions and the weather.”

Fields said the Frankton-Lapel school calendar has only one makeup day built in on Presidents Day on Feb. 17. He said the remainder will be added to the end of the school year.

In South Madison Community Schools, Superintendent Joe Buck said he will consider opening schools on Friday. The corporation calendar has seven days built in for snow days.

Todd Harmeson, public information officer for the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, said it was a good assessment of the current conditions by Fields.

“The roads are still very slick,” he said. “As long as the temperatures remain below freezing there will be a glaze of ice on everything.”

Harmeson said county roads were in better shape on Wednesday, but the county remains under a travel watch.

Text Only
Local Education
  • FEA - HB0728 - Fresh Orientation - SH Elwood freshmen learn the ways of high school through mentoring program About half the 112 incoming freshmen at Elwood Jr./Sr. High School got a jump on their friends recently by attending a freshman orientation session. Joan Mercer, an English teacher who helped organize the the orientation, said the mentor program, which has been in place for several years, has been effective in new students make the high school transition.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0727 - Teacher Blessing - 13 Church's donation a blessing for teachers Thirty teachers attended the second annual Blessings for Teachers on Saturday at Anderson First Baptist Church.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 24th Back-to-School parade and picnic on Aug. 2 The 24th annual Ollie H. Dixon Back-to-School parade and picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, in conjunction with the Anderson Parks Department.

    July 26, 2014

  • Elwood schools seek election change Elwood Community Schools is seeking to change the process for the way that members of the school board will be elected starting with the November election.

    July 25, 2014

  • South Madison superintendent contract OK'd South Madison Community Schools officials Thursday unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Buck, and approved textbook fees for middle and high school students.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vaughan, Nancy Madison County grad rates and test scores improve, but still lag state High school graduation rates and standardized test scores in English, math and science all improved among public school students in Madison County from 2009 to 2013, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0721 - Rotary Exchange - JC 1 Foreign exchange program builds lasting friendships Paulina Berger returned to her hometown in Olpe, Germany on Friday, but she left something important behind: part of her heart. The 16-year-old spent a year living with three host families in Anderson as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0721 ISU Normal Hall Work underway to restore ISU's Normal Hall The sounds of heavy equipment, impact drills and even a large wrecking ball are evidence of a renovation underway at Normal Hall, Indiana State University's oldest academic building.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • HHS class of '66 seeks classmates The Highland High School Class of '66 will host its 48th class reunion on Aug. 23. Contact information is needed for several classmates.

    July 19, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide