Gloucester Public Schools saw 5,673 children fill classrooms on Tuesday, 75 fewer than attended day one of the previous school year and 252 fewer than the division’s 5,925 enrollment projection for fiscal year 2011 budget planning. "Things went pretty smoothly, with plenty of that first-of-the-year energy," said division assistant superintendent John Hutchinson. Above, kindergartners Brady Landry and Lydia Smith-Hubbard shared a Big Book after their afternoon snack on Tuesday. Photo by Kim Robins.
Second grade teacher Christina Tomcany lines up youngsters getting off the bus on Tuesday morning at Lee-Jackson Elementary School in Mathews. Students, pictured from left, are Dawson Adams, Hayden Downs, Victoria Bing, Landon Green, Wyatt Craven and William Craven. Looking on in the background is school board chairman John Persinger. Tuesday’s opening day was "just incredibly smooth" at all three Mathews schools, according to Superintendent of Schools David Holleran, with a first-day enrollment of 1,230. It was also Tomcany’s first school day in Mathews ... as a teacher. The former Christina Pope is a graduate of Mathews County Public Schools. Photo by Charlie Koenig.