Tazewell Co. schools explain rational behind closings - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

Tazewell Co. schools explain rational behind closings

Posted:
  • More Local NewsMore Local NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Rail line reopens, derailment cleanup continues

    UPDATE: Rail line reopens, derailment cleanup continues

    ROCK (WVVA) - Crews were at the site of a train derailment in a remote area of Mercer County Wednesday. The derailment occurred Tuesday night in the Rock area -- near Montcalm -- across from Route 71..More >>
    ROCK (WVVA) - Crews were at the site of a train derailment in a remote area of Mercer County Wednesday. The derailment occurred Tuesday night in the Rock area -- near Montcalm -- across from Route 71.. More >>
  • Theatre W.Va. to return for 54th season

    Theatre W.Va. to return for 54th season

    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.The Register-Herald reports that Theatre West Virginia has scheduled 17 performances of "Hatfields and McCoys" this season...More >>
    BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- Theatre West Virginia is preparing to return for its 54th season following a shutdown caused by financial problems.The Register-Herald reports that Theatre West Virginia has scheduled 17 performances of "Hatfields and McCoys" this season...More >>
  • Woman guilty of four charges after running over employee

    Woman guilty of four charges after running over employee

    MERCER CO. (WVVA) - Dustie Beller was on trial for running over a woman with her car all for chainsaw. While she was found not guilty of attempted murder, the jury did find her guilty of petty larceny, conspiracy, failure to stop and render aid, and malicious wounding. The victim had this to say about the verdict. "Um very happy,” Mackenzie Ansley said. “To be expected -- the attempted murder charge. I knew coming into it, it was an iffy charge. And I'll take four out of five. And I'm happy w...More >>
    MERCER CO. (WVVA) - Dustie Beller was on trial for running over a woman with her car all for chainsaw. While she was found not guilty of attempted murder, the jury did find her guilty of petty larceny, conspiracy, failure to stop and render aid, and malicious wounding. The victim had this to say about the verdict. "Um very happy,” Mackenzie Ansley said. “To be expected -- the attempted murder charge. I knew coming into it, it was an iffy charge. And I'll take four out of five. And I'm happy w...More >>

Students in Tazewell county had yet another snow day Wednesday, leaving some parents to wonder why their kids were not in class.

Although the main roads are clear, school officials in Tazewell County say the buses travel far beyond the highway.

Director of Operations George Godbey said only 14 of the 80 bus routes were completely clear on Wednesday.

"If you rode 460 or the main road, 16, there is nothing on them. But the back roads where we have buses traveling, there is still a danger, and we wanted to take one more day just to make sure we're safe when the kids come in," Godbey said.

When making the call to close school, transportation officials travel the back roads, call VDOT officials and bus drivers and check in with the sheriff's department.

Still, they say the weather can be very different throughout the county.

"Roads like these, still covered in snow and not far off of 460, are what school officials consider when they make the call to close school," said Godbey.

This year the school system put in place a limited routes plan.

Bus drivers now have the ability to limit their run to avoid areas which they still consider dangerous.

The driver communicates the plan with the school and parents and students are not punished if they were not able to make it to school.

"So that we can continue to have school and if everybody on the limited routes did not come. We're talking about 1/10th of all the students in Tazewell County, so it's not affecting a mass part of the population," Godbey said.

School officials say student safety is their main concern.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.