Parents upset Williamson County schools weren’t delayed over icy conditions

Williamson County School Bus
(Photo: WKRN)

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) – There were a number school districts throughout Middle Tennessee which either canceled or delayed classes due to icy road conditions Wednesday morning.

However, Williamson County Schools operated on a normal schedule. The decision outraged many parents, including Stacye Sullivan of Fairview.

Sullivan was concerned for her 9-year-old son’s safety and other Williamson County students who traveled to school.

She said the roads throughout the county were covered with black ice and snow, and it was down-right dangerous.

“It would have been a good day for a two hour delay [or] no school. We’ve done it for lesser things,” said Sullivan.

News 2 spoke with Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney late Wednesday about the decision.

“If I had to do it all over again, I’m not sure I would had made the same call but once again, the weather event actually made it’s way through Williamson County after our deadline passed for us to make a reasonable call to delay school,” said Looney.

“I understand their concerns about us not delaying school. We made the best call that we could based on the information that we had at the time,” he continued.

Dr. Looney said he consults with many transportation spotters, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Williamson County Emergency Management Agency, and other state transportation departments before making any calls on inclement weather.

He also said 424 bus routes ran Wednesday morning and all but one had successful routes.  A salt truck had to be call out to clear the road before the school bus was able to drive students safely to school.

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