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Schools: Enrollment should settle near 2600

By Sherri Ellington The first day of school was Monday, Aug. 5, with students from Pre-K through 12th grade filling the halls and rooms they learned to navigate during open house last week. ’What a great beginning to what we believe will be a terrifi c school year,’ said superintendent Dr. Bill Truby. ‘The first day challenges, like traffic, some schedules ‘“ and a few cases of separation anxiety ‘“ were overcome with patience, smiles and lots of TLC. It is good to be up and running.’ The schools are expecting over 2,600 students, Dr. Truby said. ‘However, a true number is being worked on as we assist newcomers and find out where our no-shows might be.’ ’I extend a personal word of thanks to our law enforcement teams from the county and city who really stepped up this morning,’ he said. ‘I think everyone appreciated their presence and assistance.’ The first holiday of the school year will be Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. Fall break will run the week of Oct. 7-11 with Thanksgiving break the week of Nov. 25-29. Friday, Dec. 20, students will have an early release day as the Christmas and semester break runs from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, 2014. Monday, Jan. 6, will see students gain an extra day off as faculty comes in for professional learning. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will be Jan. 21. Winter break will run from Feb. 17-21 with two more professional learning days tossed in on March 14 and 17, giving students a four-day weekend. Spring break will be the week of April 21-25. Testing is set for the weeks of Sept. 10-14, Oct. 3-4 and 17, Dec. 17-20 and Feb. 27-28 for a variety of high school tests. Jan. 23 and 24 is set for eighth grade testing. Most of March, April and May is set aside for testing in all grades. Other red-letter days on the calendar will be homecoming Friday, Oct. 5 and graduation on Saturday, May 25. The last day of school will be May 23, also a half-day, for students while teachers will have post-planning after Memorial Day, May 27-29. In all, there will be a total of 185 days for teachers and 175 for students.

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