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No. 1 wish of West Seneca West football champs? A snow day

If wishes all came true, West Seneca interim Superintendent Matthew J. Bystrak would have declared a snow day by 7:30 p.m. Monday.

At least, that was the wish of the West Seneca West football team, which was recognized at Monday's School Board meeting for winning the state  Class A championship last month.

But they returned to school as usual Tuesday. There was snow, but no snow day.

The guys were happy to get the accolades from their coach, the board, as well as elected officials including state Sen. Patrick Gallivan, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns, Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo and town Supervisor Sheila Meegan, who presented blue and white signs that will be erected at the entrances to the town: "Home of the 2017 New York State Class A Football  CHAMPIONS West Seneca West."

West Seneca West football coach Mike Vastola, left, and Principal Jay Brinker hold signs that will be erected on town highways. (Barbara O'Brien/Buffalo News)

But none of them can close school, only Bystrak can, and he was feeling the good-natured pressure Monday, including, as he said, "having 30 football players that are state champs all hoping and praying that we have snow day tomorrow surrounding me a little while ago."

Board President Carol Jarczyk made sure everyone knew it was Bystrak's call.

"You're not helping," Bystrak said.

"I know," Jarczyk said.

The lobbying continued from Scott Firkins, the senior computer support tech specialist whose voice goes out on robo-calls announcing closings to parents, and Human Resources Administrator Jon Cervoni, who added he also was pulling for a snow day.

When Jarczyk tried to interest members of the public, including several students, in speaking during the "hearing of visitors" portion of the meeting, one student said, "I was going to ask you if you can call a snow day already."

Bystrak said he expected to wake up about 3:40 or 4 a.m., to check the road conditions with West Seneca police and text with area superintendents.

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