Granville schools stay open, despite snow

As snowstorms go, the Monday, Jan. 23, bout with Mother Nature was not one for the record books, but it did cause some problems.

Several areas of Washington County experienced trees down across roadways and power lines. This resulted in several temporary road closures and scattered power outages.

Most school districts closed or ran on two-hour delays. One that did not was the Granville Central School District, a decision that resulted in several critical comments on Facebook sites.

A Granville bus slid off the road on Hills Pond Road in Hampton. According to State Police, with the assistance of highway crews the bus was able to return to the roadway and proceed with student pick-ups. No injuries or further incidents were reported.

The Granville Sentinel asked Granville superintendent Thomas McGurl about the decision to run on a normal schedule. He responded saying the “District followed its regular protocols that have been used for years in determining if it should stay open, close or delay the start of school.”

The snow in most places was of the heavy, wet variety and snowfall totals again varied upon location and elevation.