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West Seneca School Board addresses lake effect controversy

Posted at 11:29 PM, Jan 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-09 23:29:48-05
You can still see the tire tracks where West Seneca school busses were stuck in the snow during Thursday's Lake Effect snow event at Allendale Elementary. It's a day that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Crawford calls the worst day in his 42 year teaching career.
 
"It was the worst day of my life," he said. "Trying to deal with a crisis of this magnitude."
 
One by one, West Seneca school parents said "thank you" to the district for keeping students safe during Thursday's Lake Effect snow event.
 
Fast falling snow and a gridlock of traffic left elementary school students, either stuck on busses trying to get home or stuck at either Allendale or West Elementary schools. The district called it a perfect storm of events.
 
"I don't think anyone felt the responsibility more than I did," said Dr. Crawford.
 
Dr. Mark Crawford says at the time the district sent the busses out on the roads, there was no gridlock on Orchard Park Road, but as the City of Buffalo and Erie County let our employees early, Crawford says the streets started to flood up fast.
 
The District says they're going to be investing in a GPS system for busses, so teachers and parents can track where the busses are at all times. They're also adding more phones to the main offices, so lines don't get jammed so fast, and parents can get through easier.