Central Lee Community,
Winter weather is quickly approaching! In fact, by the time this newsletter is published, we may have already experienced our first winter storm.
I want to take a moment to remind our community, parents, and students about our weather procedures. Last year, schools across Iowa experienced a fairly mild winter. Temperatures were rarely frigid, snow was minimal during the week, and there was not a lot of ice. As a superintendent of 11 years, I know that we are unlikely to see two such winters in a row.
With today’s modern technology, weather forecasts are becoming much more accurate, although snowfall totals are still difficult to predict. Therefore, if forecasts are calling for any type of winter weather (snow, ice, wintry mix, etc.), I am usually on high alert. There are a lot of media sources out there for weather forecasts, but we use just one: the National Weather Service (www.weather.gov).
If the forecast calls for winter weather, I am usually up at 5 a.m. to drive on the roads. Because Central Lee is a fairly large district geographically, I cover the Donnellson area and then communicate with our transportation staff regarding the Montrose side of our district. Between the two of us, we will likely cover 35-40 miles of gravel, county roads, and Highway 218. By 5:30 a.m, I am busy texting and calling area superintendents to gauge their thoughts on the current road conditions and forecasts for later in the day. We try to have a decision made by 6 a.m. Unfortunately, late-morning storms do not always allow us to do so.
Once a decision is made, I communicate with our staff, and we begin to post information to all media-related sites and tools. At the bottom of this letter are all the places you can find emergency/weather related updates for Central Lee.
Lastly, I want to wish our entire community a happy and safe holiday season. The holidays are a special time for all of us to be thankful for the many joys in our lives. For my family and me, one of those joys is being members of the Central Lee community and being able to serve you as superintendent. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dr. Andy Crozier
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