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Schools off to great start

Classes at Lamar County schools began Friday and resumed Monday with very few glitches. ’We show 2,752 students enrolled as of today. I believe that is a new record. We continue to show steady growth. We have a very even distribution of students,’ superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson said Monday. He noted just about every grade level is within 11 students or so of being at 200 students. The exceptions are second grade which is the largest at 222 students and 12th grade, the smallest with 177. Friday’s start went very well. Traffic was an issue as it always is on the first few days of school. ’We had the normal first day bus delays and some morning and afternoon traffic issues. It is no small feat to get all of the children on the right busses the first day, especially at the lower levels. We are thankful for county and city law enforcement and their assistance with traffic. ’With all the students and school buildings on one campus and all starting at essentially the same time, we have limited options with traffic. The traffic and busses will all get better with a few more days under our belts,’ Dr. Wilson said. Classes at Gordon State College begin August 10 but the campus is bustling with resident students who begin moving in Monday. ’We’re looking forward to a great year,’ GSC public information officer Tamara Boatwright reported. She expects enrollment to be just above 4,000 students but that could change. Melton Hall was updated over the summer and is ready to offer students a classic residence hall experience. GSC has beds on campus for 930 students. Wholly Habaneros is a new dining option which opens this semester in the Student Activity and Recreation Center. As always, parking is a premium on campus. Boatwright suggested commuter students familiarize themselves with parking areas before the first day of classes. For the first week or so, GSC police officers will be on hand to direct students to available parking places as lots fill up. If the need arises, overflow parking will be available on Honeysuckle Lane. If that happens, shuttle service from the overflow lot will be provided. Students are prohibited from parking on any city property, including at Summers Field Park. Vehicles parked illegally may be ticketed or towed. The Gordon women’s soccer season starts soon and men’s basketball is on the horizon.

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