For the first time Tuesday night, Mansfield school administrators used the social networking site Twitter to notify the public that they'd be closed Wednesday for weather. News of the closing was also carried on television, radio and the district's home page and the district sent out an e-mail to staff and some parents.
Spokesman Terry Morawski said the number of people following the district's Twitter account, @mansfieldisd, grew from the about 42 to 92 from Tuesday morning to Wednesday afternoon. Mansfield has about 30,000 students. Morawski said Twitter isn't likely to replace other means of letting people know about school closings, but "that's how some people like to communicate and get their news so we're trying it."