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March 20, 2013

Snow day spells delay for school budget hearing

Last night, the School Committee was supposed to unveil the budget for the upcoming school year, but yesterday’s late-season snowstorm closed the schools and consequently postponed the meeting.

It’s probably not often that school board members get a snow day like the kids, but unlike students, who have to make up their snow days at the end of the school year, the school officials will be back to work tomorrow night. The committee will meet at 7 p.m. in the Amesbury High School library to address the budget and a number of other issues.

Beyond the budget, the committee will also discuss a range of policy measures related to drug and alcohol use by students, teen dating violence, student discipline and physical restraint of students. The committee is also expected to set the school calendar for the upcoming year.

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This is probably the last thing any of you want to hear me say right now, but if you have sidewalks out in front of your house covered in snow, you should probably get out and shovel them.

Mayor Thatcher Kezer is reminding residents to adhere to city snow ordinances by keeping sidewalks clear during and after snowstorms so that pedestrians can safely move about without having to walk in the road.

Kezer said the city clears the sidewalks downtown and along routes children take as they walk to school for safety reasons, but it’s up to residents to take care of the area in front of their homes.

“It’s a safety thing because if you’ve got snow piled up, the cars get tighter and tighter, and then we can’t get public safety vehicles moving in and out of the area,” Kezer said. “We’re focused on primarily getting kids safely to and from school, but outside of that, it’s up to residents to keep their sidewalks clear.”

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