Gov. Deal thanks educators for effort during storm
by Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press
February 04, 2014 03:12 PM | 629 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA (AP) — Gov. Nathan Deal is thanking staff of a metro Atlanta high school for their work to keep some 450 students safe as they were stranded at school overnight during last week's storm.

Deal has been working to make amends for the state's poor response. He's apologized and announced the formation of a task force to develop recommendations on how the state can be better prepared next time.

Deal told the Westlake High educators and staff Tuesday that "last week was a tough week for a lot of folks," and praised them for working together. School cafeteria manager Henry Smith says he appreciated the governor's visit.

Deal declined to talk about the future of the state's emergency management chief, who has faced criticism for not raising storm concerns earlier.

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