Gov. Walker considers ordering schools closed Monday
STATEWIDE - Gov. Scott Walker is considering ordering all state schools to be closed Monday because of a forecast of dangerously cold weather, his spokesperson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel today (Friday).
"Our top priority in this situation is the safety of Wisconsin's school children, and while this has most commonly been an issue for individual districts to decide, Governor Walker will consider this option and continue to closely monitor the situation with the appropriate state agencies," said Tom Evenson, Walker's press secretary.
Most school district leaders said Friday that they would wait until Sunday night to decide whether to close school Monday, in advance of dangerously cold winds and double-digit negative temperatures predicted for early next week.
Locally, Webster, Frederic and Grantsburg schools had already announced that their schools would be closed Monday, via a telephone call to all district parents. It is unknown if other area schools had made a decision as of Friday afternoon.
The forecast was so bone-chilling that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was first to take the unusual step Friday of ordering all schools closed in his state Monday.
"Cold days and snow days are different because forecasting of cold tends to be more accurate (whereas) snow totals can vary," said Kitty Goyette, spokeswoman for the Greendale School District. "Our plan is to make a decision possibly as early as Sunday night so our families with younger children have some time to work out child care, if necessary."
Forecasters are calling for wind chills ranging from minus 35 to minus 50 degrees between Sunday and Tuesday. - information from Miliwaukee Journal-Sentinel