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Parsippany Schools Open for MLK, Not for Election Day

Which would you prefer? Tell us in the comments section.

As many nearby school districts are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, some in the Parsippany-Troy Hills may be wondering why their students don't get an extended weekend as well.

For those who may not know or have forgotten, the school board passed a measure last year to close schools on election days in exchange for MLK day. 

Schools closed on Nov.5, general election day, and will close on June 3, 2014, primary election day.

"We took away Dr. Martin Luther King day—for this one year only—while we look at whether we'll permanently adjust our calendar," BOE member Fran Orthwein said. 

Under the plan teacher orientation and development will be offered Sept. 1, teachers will have Sept. 2 and 3 for preparation days and students in grades 6 and 9 will report for their orientation Sept. 4.

"All in all, this is a win for our students and faculty," Acting Superintendent of Schools John T. Fitzsimons said, adding an instruction to teachers to ensure, given the loss of the holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader in 2014, that lessons covering Dr. King's accomplishment be reinforced with students. 

"We want to make sure Dr. King received his rightful recognition," Fitzsimons said.

Which would you prefer, schools closed on election days or MLK? Tell us in the comments section.
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 20, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Another thought; why Martin Luther King Day or Election Day, why not election day or Presidents Day? It used to be George Washington's Birthday; then in the 50's &60's we also had Lincolns Birthday, both in February. Now they lump all the Presidents in the same category like commodities or individual success stories. Not keeping our original President Birthday; the actual commander and chief, who risked all, including his life is the beginning of propaganda and the illusion that all presidents are somehow good or honorable; that the office makes the man, not the man the office. Martin Luther King not a politician ; but perhaps a spiritual statesman deserves more respect than many presidents. Advancing With the power of Love and purpose, not unlimited finance he was the true American killed by the powers of greed and domination.
raymond chrastina January 20, 2014 at 06:41 PM
I have an idea. If schools want to be closed for MLK, make it part of the school year. Have students pay respect by working in their communities for grades. If they are learning, they will help clean up and or try to better their communities. Wait, that would cut into their x-box time
NHM January 20, 2014 at 09:55 PM
According to 2 posts above: 1. the County picks the polling places, and 2. taking them out of the schools and putting them back in the libraries and fire houses, where they used to be, would make the schools safer and allow for more in class days for the students. How do we make this happen??
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM
NHM: start getting active Our sense of community is shallow enough just to be used as a "word" at election times. Corporate Republicans have extinguished our notion of a common good as being liberal. They use words as propaganda with no education as to their origins as life-giving organically linked human evolution of spirit.
Sonja Maddox January 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM
I support moving the polling locations out of the public schools and back to the local fire houses and local libraries, so that schools can remain open on those days. I do not oppose having school on MLK day.

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