Parents upset over superintendent's decision not to cancel schoo - WNEM TV 5

Parents upset over superintendent's decision not to cancel school

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

More than 150 schools in Mid-Michigan were closed on Monday due to the weather, but one school district remained open and parents were livid.

"It just wasn't a good decision on his part," said Eric Kowalewski, parent.

He was one of the many parents who contacted TV5 upset the Freeland School District did not cancel school, despite getting up to 9 inches of snow. Just about every other school district in Mid-Michigan was closed on Monday.

"If all the other superintendents in the area are calling off school I think he should consider that," Kowalewski said.

Despite the strong opposition from parents, Superintendent Matt Cairy defended his decision to have class.

"We continue to put the safety of our children first. If I think it's safe to put my kindergartner on a bus and send him to school - which I did - and I can get him from school safely, we will have school," Cairy said.

Cairy said he took a look at roads for himself and came to the conclusion school would go on.

"We had over 80 percent of our students attend school in Freeland today. Though we would like to have had more, we were able to safely transport those who came to school today to and from school," Cairy said.

Kowalewski insists Cairy made the wrong call. He wants to believe the superintendent has learned a lesson.

"I don't want everybody getting mad at him. That's not what this is about. We put him in power for a reason. I just think this was a bad decision. You can't get them all right and when you do, you hear about it," Kowalewski said.

>>Click here to see how one Mid-Michigan school announced it was closing for the day<<

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