Officials: Right decision to shut down facilities | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Jan

Officials: Right decision to shut down facilities | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

A day after a storm dumped snow on the Columbus area and left some icy roads closed, school and city officials said they made the right decision to shut down facilities Wednesday for students and employees.

Safety was at the center of the decision for Muscogee County School Superintendent David Lewis, who leads a system with 33,000 students. City Manager Isaiah Hugley made the same decision for public employees who weren’t needed on their jobs at the Government Center and other offices.

Conversations started Monday about the approaching storm, prompting school officials to get information from meteorologists, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and public safety officials. School was canceled for students on Tuesday, the day the storm struck, and again Wednesday when icy roads made driving dangerous.

The decision in Muscogee County was much different than the one in the Atlanta area where some 2,000 students stayed overnight Tuesday at more than a dozen schools.

Lewis said keeping the students out of school was based on the best information available.

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