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SCHOOL SYSTEM BREAKS TREND OF DELAYING FOR COLD

(Liberty, IN)--Almost every Whitewater Valley school system on Thursday made the decision to delay two hours due strictly to the cold.  One school that went on time was Union County.  For Assistant Superintendent Al Sustarsic, it was a matter of simple logic.  "The wind chill prediction, at 8 o'clock, was for -10.  The wind chill prediction at 10 o'clock was -9," Sustarsic said.  On Thursday, that proved true.  The temperature at 7:30 a.m. at the Richmond Municipal Airport was 1 with a wind chill of -10.  The temperature at 9:30 a.m. was 0 with a wind chill of -11, meaning students actually endured slightly colder temperatures because of the delay than if they would have gone at the normal time.  Many administrators say daylight helps. That claim does not hold water with Sustarsic.  "If that's an issue, why do you start at the time you do on a normal day?" Sustarsic wondered.  He looks at the change in conditions in those two hours rather than the conditions themselves.  "What's the difference between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.?  To us, it makes sense that you go.  Fayette and Franklin County schools also went on time Thursday.