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A WORD FROM MR. RUPPENTHAL
I want to thank all of our parents for your understanding and patience with the closing of schools during Hurricane Florence. Please know that district officials do not take closing schools lightly. Before the storm CMS was in constant contact with local and state government officials to try to assess the possible ramifications of the storm and how to develop a best plan of action. When the threat of the severity of the storm increased CMS decided to partner with The American Red Cross to open up designated schools for evacuees. It turned out to be a good decision as hundreds of evacuees took advantage of the shelters. While the closing of school was inconvenient for all of us, it paled in comparison to the loss and devastation felt by our neighbors to the east. I am proud that we could be of service during the storm and now afterwards with our "adopting" of JT Barber Elementary School in New Bern. These lessons of service and sacrifice are priceless for our students.