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Officials report smooth start to school year
by James Swift
August 20, 2014 12:28 PM | 3974 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, about 96,000 students — in addition to 13,000-plus employees — returned to Fulton County schools. The first week back was deemed a rousing success by many local parents, administrators and school board representatives.

Alpharetta Elementary Principal Adam Maroney said his school had an excellent opening. “We’re right back into the swing of things,” he said. “The kids here are happy, they’re smiling, and they’re settled in.”

Jane Kragh, the mother of two Roswell High students and one Sweet Apple Elementary school student, said the first week went well. “We have had starts before where things happened,” she said. “It sounds like this start has been really smooth.”

Kay Hutchinson has two children at Northwestern Middle and one at Crabapple Crossing Elementary. “There’s been no snafus,” she said. “I didn’t have anything go wrong, but it could’ve gone wrong.”

The first week back, she recalled her youngest child being walked to class by one of her former parapros. “That sense of community makes a difference,” she said. “To me, that’s what went right.”

Diane Jacobi has children attending both Centennial High and Haynes Bridge Middle. “We know for the first two weeks, you just take a breath,” she said. “As long as everything’s moving, then just let the school get their things together.”

Fulton County Board of Education president Linda Schultz said the feedback from the first week of school has been great.

“My yardstick is measuring how many phone calls I get and how many emails I get,” she said. “I’ve received none.”

More pre-classes construction went on this summer than any year previously, she said.

“Yet all the schools opened, the projects were done and they were ready for kids.”

Schultz said this has been the smoothest opening she’s seen in 10 years.

“I haven’t heard any issues bubbling up at this point,” she said. “The parents right now are just thinking about getting their kids settled in a class and getting learning underway.”

District 2 school board member Katie Reeves said she’s heard concerns from some parents about late afternoon bus arrivals. However, she said that’s fairly normal for the first few days of the new semester.

“The first week of bus running always runs a little bit late, as the bus drivers get used to their times and as the kids gets used to everything,” she said. “It always takes, probably, two weeks, for the bus times to ultimately straighten out into what they’re going to be.”

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