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Back to school in Bulloch
Holloway: First day of class goes smoothly
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Rachel Spivey, center, catches up with pals Brittany Sorrow, 17, right, and Alyssa Gray, 18, as the three begin their senior year at Southeast Bulloch High School Monday.
    Bulloch County's first day of school went smoothly, with only a couple glitches, said School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway.
    A Nevils Elementary School classroom was evacuated when an air conditioning unit began smoking, and the county's new student information system slowed things a little, but other than that, everything was as expected, he said.
    "It went very well. We had a great start," he said. "We're really excited about being in school."
    There was no actual fire at Nevils Elementary, but the air conditioner "burned up," meaning it smoked and stopped working, Holloway said. Children were moved to another classroom and the school had an unexpected fire drill on  the first day of classes, he said.
    Changes in the student information system would not allow students to be enrolled unless all pertinent information — such as parent's places of employment and other vital information — were not entered into computers, he said. There were minor delays in some schools due  to this, but it was not a major problem, he said.
    Overall enrollment was up, although final figures will not be available for several days, Holloway said. "We had a little more enrollment than anticipated, but we don't look at enrollment (figures) seriously until after the first 10 days."
    Classes went without a hitch even in schools where major construction is taking place. An almost completely finished Statesboro High opened to students with the 1,200-seat auditorium and 2,000-seat gymnasium now ready for student use.
    Portal Middle/High School classes began as construction workers continued progress on the new school structure, being built around the existing school.
    Statesboro High School Principal Marty Waters said the first day went well with the usual questions from students about where to go for classes.
    “We had some ninth graders seeing the school for the first time who were a little wide-eyed, but overall, it’s been a very smooth day,” he said.
    Dr. Karen Doty, principal at Langston Chapel Elementary, also said the first day was uneventful.
     “We’ve had some children and parents with separation anxiety first thing in the morning, but nothing out of the ordinary,” Doty said. “It’s been a great first day and the start of a great year.”
    Statesboro Herald Executive Editor James Healy contributed to this report.

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