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Clemons meets with public in town hall gathering

A large but quiet audience turned out to meet Walter R. “Rick” Clemons, the new superintendent of Gloucester County Public Schools, in a town hall style setting at the T.C. Walker Education Center Tuesday night.

True to his previously introduced plan for his first 90 days in office, Clemons said he had been busy meeting people and hearing their concerns. On the job for just 17 days, Clemons said he had visited four churches and the Abingdon Ruritan Club, and had met with five county supervisors and county administrator Brenda Garton.

Clemons spoke for about 25 minutes, relaying his background and talking about the need to set standards of excellence for students, in regard to both their behavior and academics.

Clemons also said he, his wife and their 4-year-old son would likely be moving from Smithfield and settling into the county next month. He noted that his son would soon be starting school.

“I have a son that will be going through those (pre-K-12) stages. Wha...

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