Smooth openings reported at local schools

by Kim Robins and Charlie Koenig - Posted on Sep 04, 2013 - 02:01 PM

Photo: Botetourt Elementary School teacher Robin Sadler greeted and gathered her 24 assigned kindergartners as they arrived at school Tuesday morning. School officials anticipated a drop in kindergarten enrollment this fall, but 95 kindergartners are enrolled at Botetourt, the same number as the last school year. Photo by Kim Robins

Botetourt Elementary School teacher Robin Sadler greeted and gathered her 24 assigned kindergartners as they arrived at school Tuesday morning. School officials anticipated a drop in kindergarten enrollment this fall, but 95 kindergartners are enrolled at Botetourt, the same number as the last school year. Photo by Kim Robins

Photo: In what has become a tradition at Mathews County Public Schools, school board members and administrators greeted students as they rolled off the buses at Lee-Jackson Elementary School on the first day of class. Here, Assistant Superintendent Nancy Welch directs students to their assigned teachers. Photo by Charlie Koenig

In what has become a tradition at Mathews County Public Schools, school board members and administrators greeted students as they rolled off the buses at Lee-Jackson Elementary School on the first day of class. Here, Assistant Superintendent Nancy Welch directs students to their assigned teachers. Photo by Charlie Koenig

For the most part, things went smoothly as Gloucester County Public Schools greeted over 5,000 children on Tuesday. John Hutchinson, an assistant superintendent for the school division, said there were some glitches but most were minor and were fixed before the day was over.

"It was a good day, it really was. The attitudes were all positive," Hutchinson said. The air conditioning in the main office areas at Gloucester High School and Peasley Middle School was down for a while, Hutchinson said, but that involved a timer problem that was soon resolved.

Workers are still tweaking a newly-installed keyless entry system at GHS and there were some computer glitches in the cafeterias at GHS and Botetourt Elementary that are being remedied. Hutchinson said the transportation department is making a few bus route adjustments but noted that everyone got to school and back home safely on Tuesday. "Life is back in the buildings," he added.

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