Many parents upset as Boise, Meridian schools stay open in storm

Many parents upset as Boise, Meridian schools stay open in storm
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- When Timberline High School senior Trevor Lempesis and his parents saw the ice that had formed everywhere, they agreed the safest call was for Trevor to stay home from school.

But with the roads in such a slippery state, Trevor and his family were unpleasantly surprised when the Boise School District decided to hold school anyway.

"I was shocked, hearing from sources and friends of crashes, and slide offs, including buses," said Trevor.

His family was not alone.

Hundreds of parents expressed concern on the KBOI 2 Facebook page that Boise and Meridian school districts remained open while others closed because of the ice.

Astrid wrote: "The schools should have closed. My son and a friend of his both fell on the ice and we even put ice melt down this morning. Both of these school districts need to be held accountable for this bad decision."

Boise School District spokesman Dan Hollar says the 5 a.m. decision to go ahead with school was the best one possible, based on the information available at the time.

"We consulted with the Ada County Highway District, our own transportation department, and we had a (National Weather Service) forecast that said the rain would turn into snow," Hollar said. "Obviously, that didn't happen."

Hollar says the school district does not have the luxury of waiting until late in the morning to make its decision but he also says parents have every right to keep their children at home if they're concerned about safety.