Rio Rancho stands by decision to close school

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Temperatures dropped and roads began to ice over Wednesday, prompting Rio Rancho schools to cancel class, but some are wondering if the district got ahead of itself?

In Rio Rancho Wednesday, the snow and ice took a toll on the streets as things got pretty slick in some spots.

The district made the call to cancel classes at around 9 o’clock Wednesday night, saying they had crews out surveying the streets throughout the night.

Thursday morning many of the main roads were clear.

However, the district says many dirt roads were still in bad shape and that the decision was made early so that parents could make arrangements with their kids.

They say there was no way to tell whether the roads would improve overnight and felt it necessary to take action, knowing not everyone will agree with them.

“They can be very tough decisions to make and tough calls and if you make them, you want to make them on the side of caution. So you can argue whether these are good or bad decisions, but this was a safe decision,” Kim Vesely, with Rio Rancho Public Schools said.

Rio Rancho Public Schools will make up Thursday’s snow day on February 17, that’s President’s Day.

The district says they have four days on their calendar to make up for snow days.

They say they didn’t feel comfortable even with a two-hour delay. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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