Today is the first official day of school for Monroe County students. With longer days and a larger staff, students and parents anticipate the new changes that go along with a new school year.
Stacy Gano dropped her fourth grader off for his first day of school at Fairview Elementary where he’s excited to return to the artful learning base program.
“He was a little nervous about what teacher he was going to get and if he was going to have any friends in his class, so he’s very, very excited this morning,” Gano said.
This year Fairview added 2 new additional staff members. The school enrollment has increased to more than 300 students, about 35 more than last year.
Elementary schools also have an additional four hours per week in school, and Fairview Elementary School Principal Karen Adams says the time will be beneficial to the students.
“We are very excited about the additional time, it was hard to fit everything in that we needed to with the previous schedule,” Adams said. “The state has required a 90 minute reading block which we had in place already, but it has to be uninterrupted, so we needed that extra time to be able to fit all of that 90 minute block.”
Adams says the afternoon will consist of an interactive activity to get the students moving toward the end of the day.