Kids and parents spar over schools decision to open or close in cold

CREATED Jan 27, 2014

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MEQUON -- At 7:45 a.m. the mercury read -2 outside Steffens Middle School.

Still, scores of cars lined up one by one to drop off kids directly in front of the school entrance for class.
 
Liam Pasher, a sixth grader, was not happy.
 
"I would much rather be at home playing video games," Pasher lamented to TODAY'S TMJ4.
 
His mother, Alice, however, wouldn't go so far as to agree, especially in a winter full of snow days. "I'm lucky I have a flexible schedule to take him to school, but it's tough to make arrangements."
 
Mequon-Thiensville schools, like many in the north shore, remained open today for class and have not made a decision aboutTuesday. 
 
A spokeswoman for the school district explained the decision to close or open schools revolves around the National Weather Service; only a Wind Chill Warning (like a Winter Storm Warning) will compel the superintendent to cancel classes.
 
Mequon-Thiensville officials do expect to make a decision about tomorrow's fate by 5:00 p.m.