MOORESVILLE, N.C. Workers descended upon Mooresville Middle School Wednesday afternoon as the school bell rang at 2:15 p.m. They had less than 24 hours to construct a stage and install barricades in the gym for President Obama s trip to the school, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Although the work seemed last minute, the real effort that lured the president to the school was years in the making, according to Mooresville Graded School District superintendent.

I really feel like this is a community recognition, said Dr. Mark Edwards.

Every student in MGSD in third grade and beyond has a laptop computer. Edwards says the district ranks 108 out of North Carolina s 115 districts in funding, but still manages to be ranked second in academic achievement and third in graduation rates.

Also, Edwards himself is the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year.

I'm embarrassed sometimes to get personal recognition sometimes, when I know it has everything to do with a great team, he said.

But others are quick to heap praise.

We have a wonderful superintendent. And this is the reason he (President Obama) is coming. To honor that, said Judy Crawford, whose granddaughter attends Mooresville Middle.

Edwards insists it s a community effort that he wants to showcase to President Obama.

When you get that synergy going, it s just great to be a part of that type of effort.

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