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Smooth start to school year

Students in the Lamar County school system returned to classes Monday morning. As always, it was hectic but there were no real problems or issues. Both sheriff Brad White and BPD chief Craig Cooper reported no issues with back-to-school traffic. Officers and deputies were out in force to assist in directing drivers. School superintendent Jute Wilson said he and his team are expecting about the same total number of students as last year. The final tally on 2017-18 enrollment was 2,637. ‘The population will shift a little toward the high school. We expect they will be up about 35 students,’ Wilson said. Wilson was also pleased with Monday’s start-up. ’It has been a very smooth start so far. The first day is always hectic. Getting all the kids picked up, fed and in the right classes is no easy chore and doesn’t happen on its own. We owe a big thank you to our transportation, maintenance, custodial and nutrition personnel and all the other behind-the-scenes people who make our school system run smoothly and efficiently,’ Wilson reported. Wilson is expecting big things in 2018-19. ‘We made several administrative changes and hired an impressive group to add to our outstanding staff. We feel great about this school year,’ he concluded.

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