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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - School superintendents face another tough decision on whether to close schools next week when subzero temperatures creep back into the state.

Some schools have already decided, but others won't make the call until Sunday night.

In Edina, the school district sent an email to parents Friday telling them a decision will be coming.

"Earlier (Friday), leaders from several metro area school districts met on a conference call regarding recent school cancelations and the additional severe cold weather predicted for Monday and Tuesday. We all agree that we are losing valuable learning time with our students and would prefer to keep our schools open. However, we need to also consider the safety of all of our students and not place them in potentially dangerous situations," it read.

And with that decision comes the inevitable second-guessing by community members, some of whom believe we close school a lot more these days than in days past.

Although it's difficult to find numbers to back that up, those who have made those tough calls decades ago sure think so.

"I do have a sense that we're closing more a little bit now than we used to," said Charlie Kyte.

Kyte spent about three decades as a principal and superintendent in rural Minnesota and then later as the executive director of Minnesota Association of School Administrators. He is now retired and runs his own consulting business.

"In 25 years of making those decisions, I probably closed school maybe eight times. That's not a lot," he said. "There were probably a number of times we should have just closed."

So why does he think schools are closing more these days than in years past? He has two theories.

The first - the general public is more safety conscious.

"That doesn't mean we weren't concerned about children safety, but if you said to a kid walk a mile on a gravel road, people didn't worry about it much. Now my own grandchildren aren't able to go off their city block," he said.

The second theory - the ability to communicate with each other is a lot easier.

"Getting the word out was tougher so in some ways it was easier and maybe better just to have school and stay in your routine," he said.

But on the flip side, that ability to communicate can also put more pressure on administrators too.

"Today, you could get hundreds of contacts mostly telling you why you're wrong," he said.

His advice, don't be so quick to judge.

"Send a little note to your superintendent. These are nice guys who are making tough decisions," he said with a smile.

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