Students returned to the Washington C.H. City School District on Thursday and according to administrators, all went well.
“I’m very proud of everyone,” Superintendent Matthew McCorkle said. “The thing we always have to worry about is the transportation and Cherry Hill was the school that was impacted the most, and that went well. Even with that, I think we got all the kids home by at least 4:30. I’m very happy with how things went today.”
On Thursday morning, Belle Aire principal Kevin Lloyd was out in front of the school directing traffic.
“I really think we’re doing okay, we just moved everything up about five minutes is all,” Lloyd said.
At Cherry Hill, teachers greeted the students as they got off the bus to place bus numbers on each child in order to make sure each student got on the right bus. As students exited, principal Craig Maddux received hugs and smiles before they hurried to hug a teacher and then went into the building.
“In any normal first day, the hiccups are going to be buses and vans,” Washington Senior High Principal Tracy Rose said. “Luckily the bells worked fine and lunch went a whole lot better than we anticipated. The hardest part on the first day for kids is finding someone they like to eat lunch with, and then getting the freshmen acclimated to the way we do things at the high school. But I think everything went great really.
“I give a lot of credit to our teachers and parents for coming out to the curriculum night (which was held Tuesday),” Rose said. “That helped to clear up a lot of problems early.”
“Coming fresh out of teaching, I was able to expect any problems that the teachers were experiencing, so I think that was very helpful for today,” Washington High School Assistant Principal Jon Hemmelgarn said. “I am very proud of how we got through today…..we’ve got a great team up here.”
Official attendance numbers will be released at a later date.
“Aside from the expected bumps, today went very smoothly and I’m excited to see what comes next. It’s going to be a great year,” Rose said.
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