The Woodward News

Local News

March 1, 2013

Cleanup continues as students return

Woodward, Okla. — After recent snowstorms left Woodward schools closed for 5 days, the first day back in session went well on Thursday, according to Superintendent Tim Merchant.

"We've still got a lot of cleaning up to do," Merchant said, "but considering what we've been through, it's going well. To get cleaned up what we've been able to is nothing short of phenomenal."

Merchant extended his gratitude to everyone involved in the cleanup efforts that made getting school back in session on Thursday a possibility.

Despite what Merchant would describe as a "success considering the circumstances," the day was not without a few hiccups.

Most of the problems surrounded traffic issues.

"At the middle school on the north end of the gymnasium there's a little makeshift parking area in the northwest corner which parents have used in the past," Merchant said. "We didn't clear it up because its not asphalt so if we had it'd be a muddy mess and people would be stuck, so some parents were not used to using that south entry, so that was a little hectic."

The weather also resulted in a small fender bender at one of Woodward's schools, as well as a bus on a rural road getting temporarily stuck in the mud, he said.

Aside from these instances, Merchant said there were just the usual concerns of avoiding large snow piles and watching out for slick spots.

These are concerns that the superintended expects to remain over then next few days. As such, he requested parents be especially conscious of the buses.

"With these large piles of snow to watch out for, buses sometimes need to take wider turns. Parents just need to stay back a little farther than normal to make sure they're are able to make their turns," he said.

Merchant also cautioned parents who drop off children in the morning to be wary of slick areas.

"Any point for the next week or so we'll have snow melting in the day and refreezing at night, so people will just have to be aware of those icy spots. You can't sand and salt every square inch of town, it'd be nice but its just not possible," he said.

With school back in session, attention can now be paid to how the district intends on making up the missed school days.

"We missed 5 days total, but not every one will need to be made up because we have extra hours built in for snow days, so we're taking a look at that," Merchant said.

The superintendent said ideally the district would prefer to get the time made up prior to the testing period, but there are no solid plans as of yet.

Text Only
Local News
  • Tulsa man looking for military friend

    There are times in everyone's life when you think back and wonder whatever happened to those old friends from your past.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zoning change approved by commission

    Monday night Woodward city commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change that was contested by one local man who was protesting because he wants the neighborhood to continue its residential growth.

    July 23, 2014

  • Tangier Reunion set for Saturday, Sunday

    When Barbara (Allison) Merwin thinks back to the years she spent in the classrooms of Tangier High School, it takes a few moments for her to recall how school life was 60 years ago.

    July 23, 2014

  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014