Now that school is out, a new countdown begins for Washington County Public Schools students: 83 days until school starts again on Aug. 24.
The school year ended Thursday with a 2 1/2-hour early dismissal.
Among those saying goodbye to students for the last time were two retiring principals.
Kathy Kelsey, principal at Sharpsburg Elementary School, is retiring after 32 years with county public schools.
During her career, Kelsey taught at Greenbrier, Conococheague, Potomac Heights and Pangborn elementary schools, she said. She served an internship as an assistant principal at Fountaindale Elementary and was assistant principal at Boonsboro Elementary.
She also served as principal at Winter Street and Potomac Heights elementary schools and worked in professional development for the school system, she said.
Also retiring is Betsy Donohue, the principal at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology. Donohoe has been with the school system for eight years, school system spokesman Richard Wright said.
When school resumes in August, many elementary students will find themselves attending a different school as the second and final year of a two-year redistricting plan takes effect.
The new Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, along the eastern edge of Hagerstown, will open in August.
The 2011-12 school year will end on June 13, unless snow days change that date.