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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The explanation

In explaining his decision to close the Kingston schools yesterday - despite the lack of snow, the sunny skies and the above-freezing temperatures - Superintendent Gerard Gretzinger said he was going, in part, on the recommendation of district Transportation Director Judy Falcon.

Falcon, he said, has "an impeccable record for safety."

Well, yeah, of course. It's not too difficult to have a perfect safety record when you cancel school every time there's even the threat of bad weather.

But the reality is there are plenty of school districts that have impeccable safety records even when their buses have to drive through a little bit of snow.



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