Springfield Local Schools Superintendent Chuck Sincere didn't just call off school because of the cold.
He sang it.
Sincere worked up some new lyrics to the famous song "Suspicious Minds" and then sent the recording out Tuesday to students, parents, guardians, staff and other community members about the 2,300-student district being closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Sincere, a big Elvis Presley fan, even did his best impression of the legendary entertainer while singing:
"Ah, here we go folks.
"We're caught in a storm.
"You can't go out.
"Because I love you too much, baby.
"Folks, this is Superintendent Chuck Sincere. 'Cuz of the extreme cold weather, Springfield will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30 and 31. Stay warm. Stay safe. Thank you. Thank you, very much."
To listen to the recording, go to: https://clyp.it/bv5gvphw.
The singing superintendent received several kudos online when the recording was posted on the Springfield Local Schools Facebook page.
"Springfield Local Schools — Mr. Sincere, you made our night!! This was awesome!!" Erin Bear Burtoft wrote.
Sincere, who has worked at the Summit County district for 27 years, including four as superintendent, said Wednesday that his goal was to spread a little joy to the community.
"You remember as a child your snow days or ice days?" he asked. "Think about the kids and the staff and how excited they get about it. It brings a smile to my face when I have an opportunity to make the kids laugh."
Sincere has been upbeat in past recordings, but this was the first time that he sang.
It won't be the last.
"I'm already thinking about the next one and I'll be ready to go with another song," he said, declining to identify which song he will do next. "Just thinking about it makes me laugh."
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.