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Keene classes will begin Wednesday, as scheduled

September 2, 2011
By MARGARET MORAN - For the Adirondack Daily Enterprise

KEENE VALLEY - The first day back for Keene Central School students will not be delayed despite serious damage around the town from Tropical Storm Irene.

KCS sustained no damage from the storm and will open its doors to students on Wednesday, with homeroom starting at 8:04 a.m., as previously scheduled.

School secretary Cindy Summo said bus routes and stops will be evaluated over the next week. Over the weekend, she said, school bus driver Val Warner will travel the bus routes currently in place to see what roads are safe for buses to travel on and what stops students can reach safely. On Monday, Labor Day, school Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston will also travel the bus routes to see if any progress on affected roadways has been made.

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Keene Central School was not damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, as seen Monday from an Adirondack Flying Service plane.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Warner and Ford-Johnston will then meet with town Highway Superintendent Bruce Reed on Tuesday to come up with alternate bus routes if needed, Summo said. Also Tuesday, school staff will contact the families of students who will be affected by any changes made to the routes or stops, and tell them where and when they can pick up a school bus.

Ford-Johnston will address everyone in a morning meeting on the first day of school, according to Summo.


Contact Margaret Moran at 518-523-4401 or at



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