Dear Botetourt View Editor:
We’re concerned parents of a student in the Botetourt County school system. We have several issues with our county officials that are responsible for the school closings and delays. It seems to us and other parents that certain officials are determined to risk the safety and well being of our children in inclement weather like ice, snow, flooding etc. This past Wednesday and Thursday ( Jan.30-31) there were flood warnings and watches in this whole area which happened! It seems obvious that they won’t heed the warnings and watches posted by The National Weather Service. It’s not only this time but the week before the morning temps were around 10 to 15 degrees.
That’s awful cold to be putting our little ones out before 7:00am not counting the bus drivers, black ice,and forcing diesel engines to start. What’s an hour or so at least till daylight? Seems like all the decisions are based on the conditions of the southern end of the county. Their reckless decisions are going to end up causing in an accident.
The flooding last week was just about the last straw. We called the school board office to no avail got transferred to the Bus garage. The secretary told me that “We can’t close schools because one person was flooded,” well folks almost 4 inches of rain fell not only in Eagle Rock but between Troutville and Buchanan, Lithia to Nace. All had water in the road. I was also informed that Morris Gill, Transportation Director was not taking calls.
We’re tax payers. We pay his and the rest of their salaries. The buck passing needs to stop we could not get any answers at all. This whole thing in a nut shell is that this county goes way past Daleville, Troutville, Blue Ridge and Fincastle. Folks look at a Botetourt County map– it goes to the Catawba Valley across to Caldwell Mt. to Glen Wilton, Oriskany to Buchanan’s Grey Ledge to the Rockbridge Co. line to Arcadia and back again.
We, as concerned parents, want these practices stopped. Get your heads back on your shoulders, let people know in a timely fashion so everyone can make arrangements and keep our children, bus drivers, teachers and the folks in this county safe .