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New North Johnston Middle School officially dedicated

Kenly News of Kenly, North Carolina

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Of all the dignitaries and local officials who had their turn at the microphone during the North Johnston Middle School dedication ceremony on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1, Micro First Baptist Church Pastor Tim Stevens may have said it best.

"If we don't get it right with our kids, nothing else matters," said Stevens prior to giving the closing benediction and blessing the food for the reception held afterwards.

Lots of other topics were covered during the event held in the school cafetorium on a rainy afternoon and attended by more than 300 guests.

"Wow," said Johnston County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tony Braswell about the new facility. "I can imagine the excitement the students had on the first day of school.

"It is the human spirit and the interaction between North Johnston Middle students and teachers that will make the difference here," said Braswell.

"We don't normally have this kind of crowd at these ceremonies," said Johnston County Board of Education Larry Strickland.

Johnston County Superintendant Dr. Ed Croom then offered praise for everyone who had a hand in building the new school including Bordeaux Construction of Durham, the general contractor.

Croom thanked Johnston County Schools Director of Operations Patrick Jacobs, whose ideas and concepts can be found throughout the new facility.

He had extra praise for Russell Creech of Micro, who was a critical factor in the school being located on this site.

Croom said Creech was responsible for setting up the meeting and being present when the deal was struck with the property owner to purchase the land.

"This is a great day for Northern Johnston County and the taxpayers of Johnston County," said Croom. "This project came in some $700,000 to $800,000 under budget," a statement that drew huge applause from the audience.

Chairman of North Johnston Middle School Advisory Council Haywood Watson gave a brief "trip down memory lane," highlighting the history of NJMS beginning in the 1980s when the Pine Level, Micro, Kenly and Glendale communities combined their middle schools.

Croom also introduced keynote speaker state Representative J.H. Langdon.

Langdon praised the work of the Johnston County School Board and Johnston County Commissioners in "working together to make the schools in the county the best in the state."

"Schools help build communities," said Langdon.

"Buildings are buildings but what goes on in schools is people that care about kids and teach kids," said Langdon. "That is what schools are all about and as we go forward I challenge you in continuing to do the best you can."

North Johnston Middle School was built following the passage of a $57 million school bond referendum in November 2013 and officially opened its doors on Monday, Aug. 24, the first day of class.

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Original Publication Date: November 1, 2015

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