BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – This latest round of snow was a frustrating one for many parents and other Buffalo residents.
“I think it’s really bad. I couldn’t believe they didn’t close Buffalo Public Schools this morning. This is way worse for us than Snowvember was,” said Komani Lundquist.
Ana Goden added that she thought school should have been canceled.
A communication breakdown today between city officials and Buffalo Public Schools meant school was in session — despite the wishes of city leaders.
“I knew it would slow our operations down. It slows us down when there is that kind of vehicle traffic on the roadway,” said Steve Stepniak, Buffalo’s Commissioner of Public Works.
The city had up to 28 plows on the streets through the night. But by the time they were able to make a dent on the side streets — the main and secondary roads needed another pass. The snow was coming fast. And add school bus traffic to the mix in the morning and the job is even tougher for plow drivers.
Stepniak says he told a school official at 5:30 am to call off class.
“By 5:30, we have buses rolling on 1100 different routes. It’s almost impossible to reverse that. And it’s not really in the parents’ best interest or anyone’s best interest to change your mind once you’re underway,” said BPS interim superintendent Donald Ogilvie
Ogilvie wishes they’d got the warning earlier and hopes they will in the future.
“I truly believe a conference call could be warranted. A conference call at 5 in the morning could be a way to solve that,” Stepniak said.
“He will now be included in the protocol prior to 5 o’clock when we make these decisions,” Ogilvie said.
Although it’s hard for many to believe there wasn’t better communication between the school district and the city already in place.