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Salt supply shortage forces school closure

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 06 2014 11:08:14 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2014 05:26:45 PM CST

One Northampton County school district has taken an unusual measure to close schools because of municipalities' lack of salt.

NAZARETH, Pa. -

Many municipalities in Northampton County are in need of salt.

The Northampton County Division of Emergency Management Services said, as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, it had received from municipalities nine disaster declarations, eight resource requests, and learned that 17 out of 38 municipalities needed salt.

69 News was told some municipalities were expected to receive salt deliveries Thursday evening.

Bob Mateff, the emergency management services director, said the municipalities are part of a state contract and were promised salt deliveries that never arrived.

The Nazareth Area School District closed schools Thursday. A post on the district website said Bushkill Township did not have any street salt and a significant number of roads were covered with ice. The post said the district was keeping the safety of students and staff in mind when making the decision to close schools.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to go into school today. I think we would both prefer to be there because we miss the routine," said Mary Spitzmueller, a teacher at Nazareth Area High School, who was out for a walk with another district employee Thursday afternoon. "That is quite a surprise. I hope that they're able to get the supplies that they need," she said of the salt issue.