Anne Arundel Co. Superintendent Apologizes for Weather Decision

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools has issued a formal apology for the decision to open schools on time Friday.

Many nearby school systems delayed the start of classes Friday morning due to freezing rain and dicey road conditions.

After receiving numerous complaints Friday, Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins wrote a letter to parents Saturday admitting that officials made the wrong call.

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“Friday’s decision to open schools on time came after we worked through the same process we do in any similar situation,” the letter said.

“We examined weather reports, consulted with county and state agencies and other jurisdictions, and arrived at the decision we felt was best at about 4:45 a.m. – the time we need to make that decision in order to start the complicated bus system we have in place to transport nearly 60,000 of our students.”

Perkins went on to write that the system is not perfect, and officials “clearly could have done better.” She also promised that officials will try their hardest to make sure a similar situation does not happen in the future.

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