Education briefs11/20/08

Nov. 20, 2008

Schools deal with first snowy commute of season

A burst of heavy snow Tuesday morning created the season’s first headaches for commuters across the region, including in Williston. The mix of snow and icy roads during rush hour traffic caused numerous accidents.

The snow also hit at the exact moment when school buses headed out to pick up students.

District Principal Walter Nardelli said a bus was rear-ended at the bottom of French Hill on Route 2. The bus, on one of its first stops of the morning, had stopped to pick up students when it was involved in the minor accident. A car traveling behind the bus slid into it and caused “very minor” damage to the bus’ bumper, Nardelli said.

As a precaution, another bus was sent down French Hill to the accident scene, where it picked up the stranded students and other students along the route who had yet to be picked up. Nardelli said there were no injuries and he expected the bus to return to its route on Wednesday morning.

Many students arrived late to school due to the weather. Traffic was at a standstill in Williston Village and on Oak Hill Road because of accidents. The last bus arrived at Williston Central School at 8:22 a.m., more than 20 minutes later than normal, Nardelli said.

Configuration forum

The Williston School Board is sponsoring a community forum to discuss school configuration options on Nov. 24. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Williston Central School cafeteria.

The forum is meant to provide families and community members a chance to share their ideas of what’s important about configuration.

For more information about the options up for discussion, go online to, click “Conceptual Frameworks Committee,” “Notes and updates from the meetings” and “General Configuration Options.”

A second community forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 12.