Nov 5, 2015 11:01 AM

Nashua will change to 2-hour school delays instead of 90 min. this winter

NASHUA - City schools are changing to a two-hour delay for bad weather this winter instead of 90 minutes to make it easier on work crews - and on parents who struggled to calculate the 90-minute change in school start times.

"People really have a hard time calculating a 90-minute difference in time. Our phones ring off the hook with par­ents asking that ques­tion," Superintendent Mark Con­rad told The Telegraph. "We even had one parent last year saying, 'Well I thought you told me it was an hour and a half, and now I hear it's 90 minutes.' "

Other districts in the area generally use a two-hour delay, with the ex­ception of Hudson, Conrad said. The main reason for the change was to give crews more time to clear roads and parking lots following a storm.

"When I talk to other su­perintendents at 4:30 in the morning, their roads are in better shape than ours are in terms of how they've been treated by DPW. Not because we don't have a highly capable DPW team, but because we're stretched for resources," Conrad said.

The change had widespread support from principals, teachers and parent volunteer coordinators.

School board member Doro­thy Oden, a former teacher, was among those supporting the change, saying the extra 30 minutes will help students arrive to school on time, "because parents had such a hard time figuring out what time their kids need­ed to go to school."

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