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Some students return to 'improved facilities'

August 23, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan said the opening day of the 2007-08 school year went smoothly.

Almost 21,500 students started school Wednesday, and officials say enrollment could increase in the next few weeks.

"I think students have returned to some improved facilities," Morgan said. "We did a lot of work over the summer, and we've been doing work over the last year to improve facilities."

Eighty construction projects were completed during the summer months, officials have said, with another 32 projects expected to be completed by the end of September.

Morgan said there also are many new programs in place, including enhanced middle-school programs, small learning communities and other opportunities for students.

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"There's a lot to be excited about this year as far as choices for students," Morgan said.

Morgan visited eight schools Wednesday, and she said she was pleased with the implementation of many new programs and an increase in parent involvement, especially at Western Heights Middle School.

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