Is anybody curious how a nearly bankrupt school district (one that already pays teachers close to $85K/annually) can afford to employ an automated telephone system to alert parents to something as pedestrian as a weather-induced school closing or delay? How much does that cost the US taxpayer?
Uncle Sam isn't paying for this stuff ~ on the other hand calling locally has NEVER been expensive.
When I was a kid we made sure to keep an eye on the local news for snow days. Nobody needed to call us.