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A New Voyage for an Inaugural Pirate

Cassaundra Price and Lee Casey

 PRMS opened in the fall of 2005. Mrs. Cassaundra Price was part of the inaugural staff at PRMS in 2005-2006.Today we say good-bye to Mrs. Price as she embarks on a new adventure to serve at Union Academy.

We have never had a first day of school in our school’s history without Cassaundra Price. Only 19 staff members have been here as long as Mrs. Price. She is one of the first Pirates I met when I came to the campus before taking the helm as principal. Cassaundra’s hard work and dedication has been instrumental in the success we have enjoyed over the last 9 years. She has had a huge impact on our school and we are better for having had her serve here.

Back in 2005:
· I was starting my second year as a principal fellow interning at Piedmont Open IB Middle School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
· Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.
· YouTube is launched in the United States.
· First presidential election was held in Egypt.
· “Arrested Development” was the top rated TV show
· Mariah Carey was claiming “We Belong Together” and Gwen Stefani was screaming “Hollaback Girl”
· The highest-grossing film of this year was “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
· Everyone was reading “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

PRMS in 2005:
· Was opened by Dr. Mary Ellis and started the first year with Tim Connor as principal.
· Was preparing for the first group of students
· Dr. Ellis was starting her first year in the county office as Asst. Superintendent of Administration. The county office was in the Government center.
· The 8th grade class had only 377 students contrary to our current class of 505 students….My, how we’ve grown
· No one had a laptop, not even the principal
· Cassaundra Price was working with SIMS

While I hate to lose her, I am thankful that she has been granted a new opportunity. She is leaving us to accept a new challenge and opportunity at Union Academy. I am confident that she will prove to be as invaluable to their staff as she has been to us at PRMS. 

Good luck Cassaundra…you will truly be missed.

Written by: Lee Casey
Posted: Sep 19, 2014 by Christine Courtney

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