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Supt. Hofmeister visits Moore students and staff; inspired by their determination and resilience

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 31, 2015) State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today visited students and teachers of the Moore elementary school that received serious damage in a March 25 tornado. Joined by Moore Public Schools Superintendent Robert Romines, Hofmeister toured Emmaus Baptist Church, where students from Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary will finish out the school year.

Hofmeister said the visit was about the kids and the teachers, and to thank them for being such strong leaders. She assured them that the Oklahoma State Department of Education will do all it can to help Moore Public Schools recover.

“I am inspired by the resilience and determination of Southgate-Rippetoe’s staff and students,” Hofmeister said. “For something like this to happen to this school district again is heartbreaking. But today I saw motivated teachers, and children excited to learn. It is evident that this is a very special community.”  

Classes at the school have been moved to Emmaus Baptist Church while repairs are made to Southgate-Rippetoe. Emmaus formerly housed students from Briarwood Elementary, one of two Moore schools destroyed by a May 2013 tornado.

Editor’s Note: Video of Supt. Hofmeister’s visit to Moore is available at this Vimeo link.








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Last updated on March 31, 2015