OPEN OR CLOSED? Erika To Test New PB Schools Chief Avossa

Robert Avossa

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The first real test of new Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa’s handling of school closures may come this weekend. Tropical Storm Erika is on an uncertain path, which makes opening — or closing — schools Monday a tough call.

For now, schools are set to be open.

We asked the school district if Dr. Avossa has a self-imposed deadline for making an open/closed call so parents aren’t left scrambling at 5a Monday and and have been told there may be clarity this afternoon.

Avossa’s predecessor, Wayne Gent, came under fire in 2012 and 2014 for very last minute decisions on schools closures. In 2012, the Palm Beach County Schools district announced on a Sunday that schools would be open, only to change course and close them at 2AM Monday. The closure led to a morning of chaos.

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