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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Landon Announces Schools Closed on Wednesday

Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, under harsh criticism from students, parents and teachers about Monday’s late call on cancellation of school as snowflakes swirled, announced tonight that there would be no school Wednesday due to another snowstorm. Image
Elliott Landon: storm of protest for late closing call. Dave Matlow for

Landon’s announcement, made in phone calls and emails to parents and teachers and on the school’s telephone snow line, was much earlier than his past calls on closures.

The superintendent, who has served in the post since 1999, declined to discuss his late call Monday with local media, but in an email to the Staples Inklings newspaper, he blamed “technical issues.”

““We had some technical issues with our private weather forecaster,” Landon told Inklings, adding that between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., there was no snow and that in some forecasts the snow was not predicted to start until later, “and then only to about one inch by the end of the school day.”

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