School Calendar That Omits MLK Day As Holiday Stirs Controversy

It's up in the air whether students in Onslow County will be in or out of school on the third Monday of January to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

The Onslow County school board tabled the idea of removing the holiday from the 2010-11 school year calendar Monday night.

At first, officials adopted the calendar since it received the most votes from staffers. But when officials realized the holiday was missing, they decided to table the idea.

Board members ordered the calendar committee to go back and look at options to include the holiday.

Public information officer Barry Collins believes that calendar was chosen out of the two presented because it gives staffers an extra day off for Christmas. "We want the community to know that it was not racially motivated at all and that the school board recognized that it was a sensitive issue and that they're trying to correct it."

Collins says he's sure the committee will come back with the day included as a holiday, teacher work day or a no day which is set aside for weather.

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