More than 100 officials and community leaders turned out Wednesday morning to cut the ribbon on the newly opened Aberdeen Elementary School off N.C. 5 in Aberdeen.

The school replaces two old buildings, Aberdeen Elementary and Aberdeen Primary. It is the first of three schools to be approved by a $103 million voter-approved bond referendum in 2018.

Photos by staff photographer Ted Fitzgerald

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David Hensley

The Moore County Board of Education needs to work on improving academic achievement vice giving each other applauding one another at ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Per the NC Department of Instructions, the current Moore County Board of Education has given us:

- 5 "D" Rated Schools

- 10 "C" Rated Schools

- No "A" Rated Schools

- An overall system-wide school "GPA" of 2.14 (C-).

In fact, school academic ratings have DECREASED under the current board of education and Fayetteville has higher rated schools than Moore County.

Our children deserve better than what the current Board of Education is delivering.

When I am on the Moore County Board of Education, our primary mission will be EDUCATION. People within the Moore County School system will be held ACCOUNTABLE for their failure to produce results and replaced with people who can give us the "A" and "B" rated schools our parents, our taxpayers and, most importantly our children, deserve.

Kent Misegades

Thank you for making this important observation. Schools are not day cares and they are not sports academies. If grades remain consistently low as they have they should be shut down and the people responsible fired. There are plenty of examples of schools costing far less but producing excellent results, such as the Academy of Moore charter school.

Kent Misegades

Given the strong majority in the School Board and County Commissioners of those who rubber stamp everything from the MCS Superintendent, chances of making changes are somewhere between slim and none. What MCS needs is more competition. A universal voucher offered to every student in the county at the level that charter schools now receive - but with no government strings attached as with charters - would be the most efficient and fair means of doing this. And it would lower costs to taxpayers. Free markets would react quickly to provide outstanding value. We tax payers would still be stuck with paying off the massive debt for our new gold-plated elementary schools, but at least our youth and our best educators would have more options. A rising tide raises all ships.

Mark Hayes

Good for them, at least they are Pledging Allegiance and not taking a knee.

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