Where did those 83 days go?
It was just that long ago that Washington County Public Schools closed for the summer.
Wednesday more than 22,000 students are beginning a new school year with a new schools superintendent, Clayton Wilcox.
Almost 1,000 of those students will be attending a new school due to the second year of a two-year redistricting plan affecting several elementary schools.
Many of those students will be going to the new Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, which is across the street from Eastern Elementary on Yale Drive in Hagerstown's East End.
The $25 million school will have prekindergarten through second grades, so Eastern will now have grades 3-5.
Monroe Primary is expecting to start the school year with about 635 students, including 80 prekindergarteners who attend a half day, school system officials said.
Another new school isn't expected until August 2014 when the new Bester Elementary School could open. The school board recently approved the design for that school.
Parents at Bester and Winter Street elementary schools had the option of sending their children to Rockland Woods or Potomac Heights elementary schools this school year after both Bester and Winter Street failed for the second consecutive year to meet proficiency standards on state assessment tests.
Parents of 76 students are taking advantage of school choice, school system spokesman Richard Wright said. Of the 68 students from the Bester school district, 52 will go to Rockland Woods and 16 to Potomac Heights. Of the eight students from the Winter Street school district, three will go to Rockland Woods and five to Potomac Heights.
Rockland Woods Elementary will have two additional teachers this school year, Wright said. One is from Bester, due to school choice, and the other came from Winter Street, due to redistricting, Wright said.
There are other situations in which schools will gain or lose teachers that might be related to redistricting or to shifting enrollments that occur unrelated to redistricting, Wright said.
The redistricting moves that kick in this school year include: