Meridian Star

January 17, 2013

Some area schools to start later today

By Ida Brown /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The expected light snowfall for Meridian and surrounding areas has prompted some schools to delay start times today.

    Lauderdale County School District, Meridian Community College and MSU-Meridian will start at 10 a.m. today.

    Superintendent Randy Hodges issued a release Wednesday afternoon stating the decision was due to bad weather conditions, and especially bridges icing over.

    The release also noted that if conditions worsen, an announcement to close schools will be made at 5:30 a.m. today.

    A release from MSU-Meridian stated that Dean Dr. Steven F. Brown will monitor weather conditions and make a decision if further delays are needed by 8 a.m.    

    "Please stay tuned to local radio and TV stations, as well as Facebook, the web, and your e-mail for further updates," said Lisa Sollie, project coordinator/recruiting and public relations at MSU Meridian.    

    Meridian Public School District had not made any decision to delay classes when contacted at the end of the school day Wednesday.

    "We're waiting to make that decision and will be in contact with LEMA (Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency) throughout the night and the very first thing in the morning," said Elizabeth E. McDonald, public relations director for MPSD.

    McDonald said the official decision will be made no later than 5:30 a.m. today.

    "If we do decide to do a late start, it will be posted on our website and sent through our automated phone system 'Call Parents,'" she said.

    Meridian Public School District's delayed start times are 9:45 a.m. for elementary and 10:10 a.m. for secondary.

    "As soon as the decision is made, we will get the message out. We also will contact local media," McDonald said.

    Representatives from Quitman and Philadelphia's school districts said classes will start as scheduled today.

    Classes will start as scheduled today for East Central Community College and East Mississippi Community College.