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Pa. school year off to a smooth start

August 30, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Maggie Johnson appears a little apprehensive for classes to begin Monday at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School in Greencastle, Pa. She is in fourth grade this year.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Franklin County, Pa., public school officials reported a smooth start to the academic year Monday.

"We had happy parents, and we had happy staff members. The children were just beaming," said Catherine Dusman, an assistant superintendent in the Chambersburg Area School District.

In the Waynesboro Area School District, maintenance workers were making minor repairs to the new air-conditioning systems installed this summer at Waynesboro Area Middle School, Fairview Elementary School and Summitview Elementary School, Superintendent James Robertson said.

"I was out in all the buildings this morning, and everything seemed to be going well," Robertson said. "The kids were ready, and the teachers and parents were ready."

Trinity Stanfield and Mikayla Dale, both 10, are in teacher Ryan St. Clair's fifth-grade class at Fairview.

"I'm excited because I like reading and math, and this year it's harder," Mikayla said.

"I'm excited for the new challenges in fifth grade," Trinity said.

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The girls said they hope this school year is the best yet.

"You get to meet new people, new kids," Trinity said.

"You also get to have new opportunities," Mikayla said.

Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said students arrived, found the right classrooms, had lunch and departed school quite easily. Buses departed the school campus 10 minutes late in the afternoon, but Hoover said that is better than a typical first day.

"School went really well. ... It was pretty smooth," he said.

The Chambersburg district had a few glitches with students transferring buses, and it needs to schedule some traffic lights on major roads in the area, Dusman said. Those are minor issues that can be resolved soon, she said.

Overall, it was a "very successful day, kindergarten through 12th grade," Dusman said.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center welcomed 783 vocational students, according to Roberta Johnston, supervisor for career and technology education.

"We're happy," she said. "We're having a great start to school."

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