Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The Buffalo News has on their website tonight a lengthy article about what happened today at the bus garage and the resultant delay to the start of school at Roy-Hart.

The article says the following about the "why"....

Gary Woodcock, vice president and general manager of Ridge Road Transportation, said vandals had gone inside the garage and stolen keys to buses. They also smashed windows and windshields in five buses, damaged the steering mechanism and threw papers around. He estimated that damages will be in the thousands of dollars.

It also notes a lesson learned from this experience....

Superintendent Kevin MacDonald said that in addition to finding the damage at 6:15 a.m., a large part of the problem was notifying families of approximately 1,550 students that there would be a delay.

"When there is weather forecast that there will be a foot of snow, people will be watching TV," MacDonald said. "They are looking for schools to be closed and we are ready at 5 a.m. But in the morning when you are getting the call at 6:15 and are trying to get the word out, that's a little more difficult."

He said the district has no automatic calling system for such an emergency but one will now be put in place in order to avoid something like this in the future.

Read the article here: