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Schools report smooth opening day

Gloucester County Public Schools welcomed back 5,181 students on Tuesday as the 2014-2015 school session began. School division officials expect that number to grow over the first two weeks of school and reach the projected enrollment of 5,430.

“It was a good start. One of the smoothest starts we’ve had,” said division assistant superintendent John Hutchinson. He said the air conditioning systems were working in all eight school buildings, including the newly installed system at Petsworth Elementary, as temperatures reached the upper 90s.

Division superintendent Walter Clemons had a similar assessment of the first day of school. “It was good. I had a chance to get to all of the buildings and got to talk to all of the principals. Everybody seemed like they were very pleased. Hopefully we can build on that and every day will be better than the preceding one.”

The smooth start went on despite the sad news that spread throughout the division Monday regardin...

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