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The Shawnee News-Star
  • School Closings

  • Several schools in the Tri-County area reported letting out early Monday, due to the onslaught of icy weather that already was causing hazardous road conditions. Even though several let out early, most superintendents at the schools were holding off making a decision about Tuesday classes until later Monday afternoon ...
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  • Several schools in the Tri-County area reported letting out early Monday, due to the onslaught of icy weather that already was causing hazardous road conditions. Even though several let out early, most superintendents at the schools were holding off making a decision about Tuesday classes until later Monday afternoon or evening. Some indicated they might wait until around 5 a.m. Tuesday to make that decision.
    Gordon Cooper School Superintendent Marty Lewis confirmed that afternoon and evening classes for Monday were canceled. However, he indicated he would hold off until at least Monday evening before making a final decision about Tuesday classes.
    Shawnee Schools are closed for Tuesday.
    Tecumseh is closed Tuesday.
    South Rock Creek, and McLoud schools all remained in session on Monday. But McLoud School Superintendent Ron Renfrow said he was planning on closing school for Tuesday.
    Marilyn Bradford, Shawnee School Superintendent, and Tecumseh School Superintendent Tom Wilsie said it would be later Monday at least before their decisions were made concerning school Tuesday.
    The same with South Rock Creek Superintendent Ken Leone who indicated it would be late Monday at least before he rendered a decision on Tuesday classes.
    At Earlsboro, School Superintendent Terry Brown said that parents were allowed to pick up their children beginning late Monday morning, However, school was not let out early, he said, and the buses were running on regular schedules.
    Bethel School is closed Tuesday.
    Pleasant Grove is closed Tuesday.
    Maud, Asher, Wanette, St. Gregory’s University were among other schools letting out early due to the inclement weather. St. Gregory’s president Dr. David Wagie said classes were cut short for the afternoon Monday, with evening classes canceled. He said a decision about Tuesday would not be made until later Monday.
    Arlene Burton, Pleasant Grove’s school superintendent, said classes were canceled beginning at 1 p.m. Monday. She indicated their parking lots were extremely slick due to the icy conditions, and she would not make a decision on Tuesday classes until Monday late after conferring with other area superintendents.
    Dale is closed Tuesday.
    Oklahoma Baptist University, in the midst of it J-term with fewer students on campus or commuting, didn’t cancel classes on Monday.
    Maud Superintendent Gary Parris said students were allowed to go home right after lunch. Asher Superintendent Terry Grissom said students were sent home about 12:30. And Wanette Superintendent Rick Riggs said their students were let out around 1 p.m.
    All three of those superintendents said no decision would be made until late Monday night or early Tuesday morning about classes Tuesday.
    North Rock Creek closed at 1 p.m. Monday and won’t make a decision until later this evening (no exact time could be provided) about Tuesday.
    Page 2 of 2 - Grove School is closed Tuesday.
    A call to the Macomb school superintendent’s office was not returned Monday afternoon.
    New Lima Public Schools, Sasakwa Public Schools and Wewoka Public Schools continued classes Monday. Out-of-town students at Wewoka schools were allowed to go home early Monday while local students finished classes, and a Sasakwa Junior High School game scheduled for Monday evening was cancelled.
    Seminole Public Schools remained open Monday, and no decision had been made by officials at Strother Schools concerning Monday or Tuesday classes.
    Konawa Public Schools remained open Monday.
    Carney Public Schools let out at 12:45 p.m. Monday, and Meeker Public Schools let out at 1:30 p.m.
    Wellston Public Schools let out at 12:30 p.m.
    Chandler, Prague, Stroud and Davenport public schools all remained open Monday.
    Classes at Seminole State College were cancelled at 11 a.m. Monday, and all afternoon and evening classes Monday were cancelled.
    SNS Staff Writer Jason Smith and Managing Editor Andrew Knittle contributed to this report.
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