Russ Gibb at Random

D.P.S. Wintergate

February 12, 2007


Taking into account the recent debacle of Dr. John Burl Artis and the delayed closing of the schools for the frigid temps., I do have a scenario to pose to all readers and/or contributers to this site.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Southeast Michigan indicating a snowfall amounting anywhere from 6 to 9 inches starting Tuesday morning and ending Wednesday morning. If this is correct, and should we get the 9 or so inches of snow, with the roads in hazardous conditions, should Dr. Artis be proactive and cancel school for Wednesday?

Here's the catch. Wednesday is an official student count day. Does this fact affect the judgment call of Dr. Artis? If school is not called off will many parents keep their children home, thus skewing the count? Does this become a $$$ for the district vs. student safety and well being?

Let's see the true colors of our Michigan winters shine through!

Thomas P. Korte 12:00AM on 2/12/07

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19 Comment(s)

Even if we get 10 inches of snow school shouldn't be canceled. The snow is starting in the morning today (Tuesday) and runs through through tomorrow (Wednesday). This is plenty of warning and in the scheme of things, not much snow. Besides, the parents will have to scramble for someone to watch their kids! The teachers will be crying either way, I'm sure. They will cry and use it as an excuse to rip on Artis if there is school. And if there isn't school, they will complain that Artis made the wrong call again and that the streets were fine etc. In a nutshell, they will cry and cry on either call ... as usual.

--by Get The Kleenex Ready on 2/13/07   Lives: Michigan  

Im not a big Artis supporter. I too am curious how he's going to call the shots on this weather advisory. But lets all be Proactive.... We should all be proactive and make sure our children our safe going to school tomorrow. But if the city and district is prepared with plowing and salting the streets and walks to the schools then why not send out children to school. Why another excuse not to go to school and learn. As adults our employers do not call off work because of the weather. Let's not be pansies!

--by Be prepared on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

The district will get less money if kids don\'t show up to school. This would not be a positive for Artis nor for anybody else. Come on, Russ, this is sensationalism!

--by ... on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

More money for Fairlane if schools are cancelled

--by A PARENT on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

I guess you are right about more money for Fairlane if schools are canceled. More money for Fairlane if DETROIT schools are canceled.

--by CrimeLane on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Yes ... tomorrow is count day. IF there is no school, or IF there is and we have high absenteeism, we still have several days (10) to have those students show up and qualify for them counting for funding.

--by A Teacher on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Can we just cancel school for the Superintendent
and have the rest report as usual?

--by CoreValues on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

12:00AM on 2/13/07

Dear Russ:

Congradulations! This week the Dearborn Public Schools has officially blocked access to your web site from the DPS server.

--by eric on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Blocking Russ Gibb! Dont they have nothing better to do like raise MEAP scores or check the weather forecasts? Whats next burning books...farenheit DPS??

--by Montag on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Yes, let's make sure that no matter what, schools are open. That ONE DAY will make the difference. My students who have been in the dark for the past 8 years will suddenly become enlightened. The students who are reading 3 and 4 levels below their grade will now become proficient. The eighth graders will suddenly know the connection between a fraction and a decimal - something they should have learned 4 years ago. The rude will become respectful and they will all develop the work ethic that has been missing for so long. I am sure that the reason for this is because every teacher my students have had in the past have been completely incompetent and uncaring. They've all been mean, or lazy or prejudiced.

We all know that every parent is perfect in raising their angels, and that they are doing everything they can at home to make sure their children succeed. They are turning off the TV, internet and the Xboxes. They are making their children read and helping them with their math. They are making them study during the summers and vacations to make them better students. They are holding them accountable and demanding excellent behavior in school in order to allow the teacher to teach. They all realize that ultimately, THEY are the ones responsible for educating THEIR children.

Yes, Russ, tomorrow will be the start of it all. The miracle will happen tomorrow and I don't want to miss it.

--by Iago on 2/13/07   Lives: Dearborn  

To Montag:
\"Dont you have nothing better to do like\" check your grammar and spelling? Great command of the english language! Oh...and it\'s fahrenheit not farenheit. You must be a teacher that is mad that you can\'t spend your day responding to a blog instead of teaching. But then again, maybe that\'s a good thing!

--by Get a life on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Dear Russ:

Kudos to the Dearborn Schools for blocking your disgraceful website off of their server.

--by The Princess on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Excellent post, "lago"! I really enjoyed that one!

--by still chuckling on 2/14/07   Lives: Detroit area  

Dear Get a Life, Aimee, Abed or whoever you are or represent. The posting referenced censorship and the inclination of the district to censor websites. This FYI is the same exact process used in China. Long Live Chairman Mao!

--by Montag on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Dear "the princess",
I guess the Dearborn Schools blocked Russ's site because the TRUTH hurts.

--by The Prince on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Or maybe they blocked it because kids could be doing something more productive like...learning?

--by A student on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Why would anyone consider this a tasteless Site?? Because not everyone here shares the same opinion? This site and others like it offer an open forum to let people express their views. Yes, I do consider some rather tasteless, but it is their right to make it, and ours to ignore if we so choose. I am rather new here, and have enjoyed reading all the comments, and have even accepted some constructive criticism myself. What really dismays me is watching anyone turn simple subject matter, such as whether to close the schools or not, and turn it into a racial discussion, when it in fact has nothing to do with it.

Open forums such as this work great when people are able to stick to the original subject matter, such as here. This is supposed to be about closing school today. So.....

The roads were terrible this morning, I for one am not surprised or upset they were closed. The head count was not an issue as some thought, since they have 10 days to come up with an accurate count, and should not be a determining factor anyway. Weather permitting, school should be open. Just my opinion.

Funny no one is hollering about it this time...Stick to the subject folks, you can always start your own thread if you wish.

Kudos to you Mr. Gibb, and thanks for giving us a place to talk!

--by eyes wide open on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

Made sense today to have a snow day. Took me a couple of hours to dig out of my driveway. Imagine how unsafe it would have been for those riding the bus. On a sad note, my kid went sledding with a bunch of friends, and on my drive to pick up my child, I saw two girls, (14 years old at most) smoking on the front porch of a house. Nice to see they had enough sense to go outside to smoke. Hate to say it didn't look like cigarettes either. That's the only problem with having the 'snow' days. Parents still have to go to work, and if they're not really young, many are left home to do whatever, without supervision. I'm sure this behavior isn't only on snow days, but at least when they're in school, it makes it a bit more difficult.

Can't win.

--by Russ Always Finds It Out!!! on 2/14/07   Lives: Dearborn  

You MUST work for the schools. Get a real job. Access to the internet is not the responsibility of your employer. They even take away access to solitaire. That’s the funny thing about work. They want you to do some!

--by Living in the real world... on 2/15/07   Lives: Dearborn  

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