Closing schools in Rapid City; tough decision - KOTA Territory News

Closing schools in Rapid City; tough decision

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The upcoming expected cold weather is closing every public school in Minnesota on Monday. But making the decision to give kids that much-desired day off isn't easy.

Dr. Tim Mitchell, Rapid City School District superintendent, says it's the most agonizing decision he makes. Mitchell meets with the assistant superintendent, people who run the buses, and maintenance and snow removal to talk about the best decision given the factors.

To discuss school closing on Monday, the group will meet before the end of Friday and talk about the possibility of frostbite and other factors.

But Mitchell says either way it's a decision he can't get right. "Certainly when people call me and tell me they don't like that I didn't close schools, they say I'm putting the kids at risk but I, and everyone, takes this very seriously," said Mitchell.

The final decision on whether to close the Rapid City School District will be made by either Sunday night or early Monday morning.

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