For the first time, Wyandotte Public Schools closed Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
School Superintendent Carla Harting said the district has longed celebrated the day with classroom projects, but this is the first year that the district canceled classes.
"We have always considered doing it, but it had to be worked out in our contracts," she said. "We felt it was an important holiday to celebrate with our students. Many parents do things to celebrate the day, so we wanted to give them a chance to spend it with their children."
Harting said it's unknown if classes will continue to be canceled in years to come as the current employee contracts are on a year-by-year basis.
"We would like to continue honoring the day in the same way," she said. "We will look at continuing it in our next contract."
Some people took to the Wyandotte Patch Facebook page to talk about the issue.
Kathy Slack, a six-year Wyandotte resident, said she's fine with canceling classes, but wonders if it's the right thing to do.
"Personally, it really does not bother me either way," she wrote. "School is important and I would think a man with the integrity of Dr. King would probably want children in school."
What do you think? Did the district make the right move by canceling classes? Tell us in the comments below. And students, how did you celebrate the day off?