Warren County School District students returned to classrooms on Wednesday after their summer break.
"From my visits to the buildings I was assigned this morning, everything looked great," Warren County School District Superintendent Dr. William Clark said. "My feelings towards kids and what I'm seeing from staff, everyone's excited to be back."
Clark said administrative staff is continuing the practice of assigning schools to visit during the first few days back to school to hear what's going on from students and staff. They meet up after returning to the central office to discuss the issues and how to address them and then head back to the schools for the end of the day departure.
Times Observer photo by Ben Klein
First day back
Pictured, from left, Beaty-Warren Middle School students Sam Salapek, eighth grade; Aidan Morrison, eighth grade; Ben Salapek, sixth grade; Ryan Madigan, seventh grade; Jeremiah Hanks, seventh grade; Rylie Yeager, sixth grade; and Caroline Massa, sixth grade, head home after their first day back.
The idea is to have an extra set of eyes and ears at the schools, especially for extra assistance when students are heading home for the day. The district transports roughly 85 to 90 percent of the students in the district, Clark said.
"It can be a lot," he said. "We try to make sure we have a lot of hands on deck."
The district's administrators have been present at the schools for the first few days for years, and Clark said after his first year here it was a practice he wanted to continue.
"I thought what a great thing to do," he said.
There are logistical questions every year with pick-up and drop-off times, but Clark said if parents have any questions they can contact their child's building principal.
"We're here to help," he said. "The students seem excited to be back."