Although this latest winter storm closed many central Ohio school districts for two days, Upper Arlington administrators believed a second snow day wasn't needed.

Although this latest winter storm closed many central Ohio school districts for two days, Upper Arlington administrators believed a second snow day wasn't needed.

With snow removal efforts going well, Upper Arlington schools reopened Thursday.

Paul Craft, executive director of business services, said the district made the call to open schools after assessing road conditions early Thursday.

"We looked (Wednesday) as the storm was coming to an end around noon, we made a commitment to doing everything to see if we couldn't get schools open," Craft said. "We brought in second-shift custodians and they cleared the entrances and the sidewalks. We brought in what we call our snow team -- six guys, our plows and some snow blowers. We worked them from midnight all the way until school opened. Normally they come in at 5 a.m."

The district's efforts, combined with those of city of Upper Arlington street crews, made conditions clear enough for schools to reopen, Craft said.

"We had every fire entrance ready, the (parking) lots, for the most part, were done or in the process of being done," Craft said. "We felt we could safely receive our kids."

For the full version of this story, read the Feb. 5 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington.