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Students stay overnight at school due to weather

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lynn Romas has been involved in education for several years.

But last week, he witnessed a first in his career.

The Northview High School Principal, in addition to NHS boys' athletic director Charley Jackson, stayed at the school Friday evening with members of the South Vermillion boys' and girls' basketball squads.

"That was a first," Romas told The Brazil Times. "I've heard of schools doing this, but I've never had to do that."

The ice began to pelt the Wabash Valley at approximately 8 p.m., Friday, as the Northview boys were facing South Vermillion in a Western Indiana Conference boy-girl doubleheader.

With conditions worsening, officials made the decision to cancel the second half of the game.

However, the icy weather conditions eventually forced a Level 1 Emergency in Vigo County, leaving the South Vermillion school buses with no chance of getting home.

"That created a bit of a problem," South Vermillion Community Schools Supt. Dave Chapman told The Times.

Chapman said he remained in contact with the bus drivers and officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department throughout the ordeal. He said it was suggested the buses wait until the weather system had passed.

"Long story short, it didn't happen," Chapman said.

It was decided the South Vermillion teams would stay at Northview until Saturday morning.

"With (the storm system and roads) in mind, (Chapman) made the decision to keep the kids here where they were safe," Romas said.

Some parents of South Vermillion players also stayed at the school overnight. In addition, Chapman said he remained in constant contact with family members who did not make the trip to Brazil.

Romas said Jackson got some tumbling mats for the students to sleep on. In addition, he said a South Vermillion parent went to the Brazil McDonald's and purchased 100 cheeseburgers for the students. The school also opened up its pop machines for the players to have beverages.

"They were good kids," Romas said. "I think the kids played basketball until about 4 a.m. I think they had a pretty good time. They were a good bunch of people."

Chapman said he was grateful that Romas and Jackson elected to stay with the students throughout the evening.

"Both Lynn Romas and Charley Jackson were absolutely fantastic to work with," Chapman said. "A bad situation really turned out well. Everything that could have possibly needed to be done was done. I think everybody stepped up and made it a good situation.

"The students spent the evening in the gym. They were safe. They got to have a slumber party. I can't thank (Romas and Jackson) enough."

After the emergency was lifted, the South Vermillion students left Brazil at approximately 7 a.m.

"It was a long night, but it was something that needed to be done," Chapman said. "I'd rather error on the side of safety when we're traveling."

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they cancelled school because it was cold this year.should of cancelled the sporting event, oh it was homecoming.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 7:25 PM

Hey. Id-git! The ice came later. Think of something nice to say, at least once!

They took responsibility!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 8:40 PM

ur right the ice did come later , whti weather called it . they give a 5 day forecast.

you don't need cable to get that.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 9:53 PM

Hmmmmm......when was school cancelled this year due to cold???

-- Posted by annasnana on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 11:14 PM

As a parent and grandparent of students in the local schools I am very proud of the Staff/Students and decisions made. Safety of our children comes first and this was the right thing to do. Our weather forecasts have been off the mark many times..this winter is off the mark. Great Job Northview!!

-- Posted by dlm5148 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 12:31 AM

I am glad the school did what they did. Despite people thinking that everyone has internet or cable weather is unpredictable and even the best meteorologist can be wrong. They predicted a bad snow this winter. We have had maybe 2 inches so far. Weather is not an exact science. I am glad the kids had fun and made new friends. 4 a.m. Basketball, bet that was a sight to see.

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 2:34 AM

Good Job Ms. Romas and Mr. Jackson. Glad everybody was safe and sound for the night.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 11:16 AM

Thank you for keeping the kids safe. I too got stuck away from home for the night. It wasn't worth risking my life or anybody else's to try to make it home. Drifter would have been most unhappy had something happened to his Mommy!

Stay safe everybody and be nice to each other, you don't know what the other person may be going through!

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 11:19 AM

What an awesome thing to do!!!!! GREAT JOB Mr. Romas and Mr. Jackson, that was so very thoughtful to do that!!!! To all you weather watching negative nellies......Pffffffftttttttt, I just gave you the raspberries!!!!!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 2:33 PM

In the winter of 1951-52 the temperature got so

cold that the Janitor Don Girton decided to stay at Van Buren Township School overnight to keep the furnace going and keep the water pipes from freezing. Bill Mercer and myself stayed with him and sleep on the Senior Class Play scene.

Wonderful memories.

Marvin Morlan

-- Posted by VBBoy52 on Wed, Jan 25, 2012, at 3:16 PM

Kudos to all!! Wise decision. The roads were terrible & they had no business traveling home. I had enough trouble getting home & only live 3 miles from school. Way to go!!

-- Posted by aminor on Thu, Jan 26, 2012, at 10:32 AM

That was the "responsible, RIGHT decision" and everyone should be thankful that there were no accidents or injuries that night due to that decision. As some one said.....new friends were made and in the end, everyone made it home safely. GREAT JOB MR. ROMAS AND MR. JACKSON. And yes, the weather forecast wasn't the best, however, there are often times when people are out doing whatever they see fit BUT SHOULD STAY HOME. So, whatever one may think......obviously it all turned out fine.

Even "Drifter's Mommy" made the right decision !!!! People need to start using common sense....period!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sat, Jan 28, 2012, at 10:21 PM

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