Superintendent says stormy first day of school went well through district

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-old Hannah Luscombe poses for a photograph for her grandmother Suzanne Estes in front of Barry Elementary School Friday on the first day of school.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Some limbs were lost on the first day of school for the Clovis Municipal Schools system.

Tree limbs that is.

Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said elm trees behind Marshall Middle School lost some “serious limbs” during a strong storm that blew threw Clovis at the end of the school day. She said administration staff believe they found elm disease in a few of the trees.

“It’s always sad to lose a tree, but safety is always first,” Seidenwurm said.

Seidenwurm spent her day visiting 14 of the district’s 18 campuses and spoke to principals of the campuses she couldn’t get to.

“Things went very well across the district,” she said. “Our numbers are down like they always are on the first day of school.”

Seidenwurm said the district will have solid enrollment numbers by Aug. 24.

Friday was a day of firsts for Morgen Davis, who is new to CMS and to junior high.

His father, Nolen Davis, waited in the halls of Marshall Middle School to pick him up, as is Davis tradition.

“I think it embarrassed him a bit,” Davis said. “Maybe when he looks back on this, he’ll appreciate it more.”

Morgen said his first day of school was “awesome,” elaborating that his teachers were “really nice.”

“Mr. Long’s English class was my favorite,” the 12-year-old said. “He’s really nice and really fun and sometimes he gives you a puzzle to work on.”

Barry Elementary School got a new coat of paint, gym floor and a remodeled bathroom for the new school year.

“We’re all excited for the new year,” Principal Carrie Bunce said. “Kids are all excited to be back and the parents are glad the kids are coming back.”