Calvary Christian School closed Friday -- because of a beautiful day

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 9, 2013 

If you ever longingly looked through a classroom window and gazed upon a delightful day that beckoned you outside, then Len McWilliams is your kind of principal.

Calvary Christian School will be closed Friday as McWilliams, the headmaster, fulfills the commitment he made to himself: find a positive reason to cancel classes before he retires at the end of this school year.

"In the late 1980s, I was calling school off one winter day because of the terrible weather," he said. "The thought occurred to me that it would be great to call school off some day because it was too beautiful a day to go to school."

Friday's forecast calls for wonderful weather indeed. WRBL chief meteorologist Bob Jeswald expects the high to be 82-83 degrees with mostly sunny skies and no rain. Saturday's temperature should rise to 84-85, then drop a degree or two Sunday, he said, and remain dry.

Jeswald, who hails from Buffalo, hasn't heard of such a school closing.

"You could say I'm jealous," he said. "If you had 5 feet of snow outside your door, you just shoveled your way out. It would take a blizzard to get us out of school."

McWilliams' assistant, D'Lynn Phelps, isn't aware of any fuddy-duddies complaining about the authorized day to play hooky -- which means she hadn't asked Jeswald.

He laughed and cracked, "If I was paying for my kid (to attend Calvary), I would want my day to be reimbursed."

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