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Letter: Pekel's attendance was perfect

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Congratulations to Superintendent Pekel! I saw a TV report of the first day of school at Longfellow, and there was Superintendent Pekel greeting students and parents.

As I previously wrote, I worked for six superintendents and I recall only one being present at our school on the first day. To me, Superintendent Pekel showed a high level of commitment to Rochester schools and community by his presence, which speaks louder than words.

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Al Johnsrud, Rochester

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