Schools Will Be Closed Monday, Superintendent Reverses Decision

Superintendent Robert Tremblay reversed his decision to reopen schools, on viewing recent weather reports, forecasting freezing rain, and taking a closer look at sidewalk conditions. Schools in Milford will be closed Monday.

Milford Schools will be closed Monday, after all.

Superintendent Robert Tremblay has reversed his earlier decision to reopen. He cited a weather report calling for freezing rain in the morning, and concern expressed by parents, who said children would not be safe without access to sidewalks cleared of snow.

The school system sent out a message to parents through the automated system, Tremblay said.

"In consideration of the current conditions (high snowbanks, narrow roads, and many impassable sidewalks  — despite the efforts of the Milford Highway Department) coupled with the predicted ice in the morning, I am canceling school tomorrow — Monday, February 11, 2013," he wrote. " The safety of our students is my priority and I don't feel that these conditions will allow for safe travel to and from school."

Most Milford roads are cleared of snow, but only about 60 to 70 percent of the sidewalks were expected to be cleared by Monday morning, according to the Milford Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafulli. His crews were to come to work at 8 p.m. Sunday, and will be clearing sidewalks through the night.

Tremblay said he reconsidered his decision to open the schools, in part, because the area is expected to have freezing rain early in the morning, later turning to rain.

And Tremblay said he drove through Milford Sunday afternoon, and felt the height of the snow piles lining the roads and at bus stops was too high.

Milford had 28 inches of snow in the Blizzard of 2013, which struck Friday night into Saturday. Schools will be closed in several surrounding towns Monday, as well, including Uxbridge, Mendon-Upton, (Blackstone Valley Tech) and Hopkinton.

"I gave some more thought to it," Tremblay said.

Accomplished Mrs. Independent February 11, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Thank you!! As a public safety officer, I am very much pleased with your change of heart! My family thanks you!
Milford Senior Man February 11, 2013 at 01:16 AM
I don't like this. The kids need to be in school. If they keep giving them days off for a couple of inches of snow, they'll turn into a bunch of sissies. I'm sending my kids to school anyway just so they can walk up and back.
Katie Lenza Dexter February 11, 2013 at 01:28 AM
smart move, glad you reconsidered
Tyler Collins February 11, 2013 at 01:29 AM
3 feet of snow ≠ a couple inches of snow. I'm not sure if you're being facetious when you post these "Well, in MY day..." comments, but if you're not, then your disregard of children's safety is... staggering.
Tara Vera February 11, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Oh, Senior Man... your post feels very 'candid camera' to me. Is someone researching for their next stand up routine perhaps? You can't compare anything today to how you grew up (snow, rain, no shoes... I saw your post) there are so many selfish people in the world that will think its more important for them to get where they are going and not give a crap about the kids walking in the street. I think it's a good call by the superintendent.
Deb Nilan February 11, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Thanks Mr. Tremblay....my kids said thanks as well :)
Ed Bertorelli February 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Thanks to Highway Dept employees who have done a great job in the midst of a huge storm-keep up the good work it's gonna be a long process ...thanks again
dbrggn February 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM
This flip flopping is another examply of poor leadership by Mr. Tremblay.
MilfordMomof3 February 11, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I am glad this decision was made. I can see the sidewalks along our street(a busy street) are not clear. Several Stacy students walk to school no matter what the weather is and would have been at risk.
unclkebuck February 11, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Good call Bob, thank you!
Accomplished Mrs. Independent February 11, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Very much appreciated and considerate! Thank you from a valued security officer whose job concerns the safety of the public! I am not one for getting harsh as I am a well appreciated individual but when safety is an issue, I pride my work ethics even while not on duty to the safety of all citizens. Thanks again everyone! If my children must attend school into August, as long as they are safe, so be it! That is all that matters and all that should matter. Safety is the number one concern. Apparently some people lack common sense and could care less if their child got struck by a vehicle (clearly stated very well in aweful terms by Mr. Milford Senior Man). Who cares if our kids get a shorter summer??? Seriously....if that is something of concern, these people need a reality check and a good dose of parenting skills. Their safety is and always will be the top priority!! Senior Man....go explain those words you spoke to DCF. Safety first buddy!!!
Private Snowball February 11, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Be careful dbrggn all Non-favorable Trembley commets get removed here at the patch
Mary MacDonald (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 08:39 PM
No, only those that use inappropriate names. Keep it clean and follow the rules.
Joe Kane February 12, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Let me ask this question: While most home owners were out on Sunday cleaning up the snow and debris around their homes in order to be able to get out to work on Monday morning, there was no sign of work around town or at the schools that same day. Why is that? Did the town and the school administration not want to pay overtime to a few key employees that can do this work and instead forced hundreds of other families to adjust their work schedules and daycare arrangements? Does that sound right? I don't think so!!


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