School to be open Tuesday in Wall Township

January 3, 2011 3:18:35 PM PST
Schools in Wall Township were still closed Monday because of lingering effects of a huge snow storm a week ago.

However, the winter break won't be extended any longer - officials say school will be open on Tuesday.

The storm dumped more than two feet of snow on a swath from the shore to northern New Jersey on Dec. 26 and 27.

The storm put many parts of life on hold across the state. However, school was one thing that wasn't thrown off because districts were on their winter breaks.

That break was extended when school officials in Wall Township said they weren't ready to reopen on Monday because of "remaining snow conditions."

That had some parents, like Beth Burdge, upset. She was caring for six children on Monday - one was hers and five others belonged to parents who had to work.

"Who would have thought, eight days after a storm, that our roads wouldn't be completely clear?" Burdge said.

School district officials wouldn't talk on camera, but said the 30 inches of snow was more than they could handle.

Not only did the weight of the snow collapse part of the roof at the high school, but more cleanup was needed on walkways and driveways at schools.

There were also concerns about buses maneuvering through snowy developments.

For all those reasons, they decided the safest thing to do was to keep Wall's 4,200 students home today.

"I would have liked my kids to go," said Janet McConnell. "They've been out too long."

At the high school parking lot, huge mounds of snow still covered the spaces. Plows and heavy equipment were moving the snow and, in some cases, carting it away.

"I've been working with the town for 20 years and never saw a storm like that," said Tom McCarthy of the Public Works Department.