Monday snowfall causes cancellations for R-2 schools

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 1/22/20

When two passenger vehicles became snarled mid-afternoon Monday on a snow-slickened Krausetown Road, one going up the hill, the other one going down, both stopped causing an R-2 bus going up hill to …

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Monday snowfall causes cancellations for R-2 schools

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When two passenger vehicles became snarled mid-afternoon Monday on a snow-slickened Krausetown Road, one going up the hill, the other one going down, both stopped causing an R-2 bus going up hill to come to a halt.

Owensville fire volunteers responding to the incident approached from both directions. An ambulance attempting to get to the scene stopped short, slightly uphill from the saddle of the hillside. The bus, being driven by Tinya McClure, did not hit anything but also became stranded until salt could be spread by Owensville firemen and city workers could arrive to cinder and salt the hill.

Owensville Area Ambulance District personnel also responded but were blocked from the hill crest by snarled traffic. They walked up to help assess the stranded motorist. No injuries were reported by city police who were also on the scene.

Stephanie Sullentrup, a teacher at Owensville Elementary School, arrived and walked several younger students to their homes nearby.

R-2 Superintendent Dr. Chuck Garner, who was on the scene, said several buses became stuck in similar situations across the area behind other motorists attempting to climb hills.

Schools were dismissed at 2:45 p.m. Monday due to the snowfall which blanketed the region. Classes were called off that evening for Tuesday. Hermann schools were also cancelled for Tuesday.

With the missed day Tuesday, the district’s sixth this school year, the last day of classes is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 20.

May 19 will be used as a make-up day for the Friday, Jan. 17, cancellation.

Classes will be held Monday, Feb. 17, which had been scheduled off for President’s Day to make up a missed day from Dec. 16. The miss on Dec. 17 will be made up May 17. The missed day from Dec. 18 will be made up May 18.

The next missed day would be made up   Thursday, May 21.

An additional missed day would be made up on Wednesday, March 18, which is scheduled now as the first of three days off for Spring break (March 18-20).

If a ninth day is missed it would be made up on Friday, May 22.

If a tenth day is missed it wold be made up on Monday, April 13, which is scheduled now as the final day of the district’s Easter break.

The Four Rivers All-Conference Band’s scheduled performances at Owensville and Hermann high schools on Tuesday were both cancelled and will be rescheduled, according to school officials.

Owensville city crews were off for the Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday on Monday but came in an began dropping cinders and salt as the snowfall subsided by around 3:30 p.m.

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