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Bulloch public schools open to record enrollment
080408 FIRST DAY SCHOOL 2
Dressed in traditional garb, Statesboro High School Spanish teacher Stacey Moore gives her Spanish I class some initial lessons on the first day of school Monday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    The new principal at Brooklet Elementary School summed up the first day of school in one word: "Exciting!"
    Marlin Baker welcomed almost 600 students to Brooklet Monday, as Bulloch County public schools opened for the 2008-09 year with a record enrollment of more than 9,000.
    "We don't have official numbers yet, but with new Pre-K classes now included, we may be above 9,000," said Charles Wilson, assistant superintendent for finance with the school system.
    After opening a new Southeast Bulloch High and a new Nevils Elementary in 2007, the changes for opening day 2008 were relitively minor. Three schools — Brooklet, Southeast Bulloch Middle and Langston Chapel Middle — added classrooms and academic wings for the 2008 school year. Construction of the new Statesboro High is ongoing and is expected to open after Winter break in January.
    Wilson reported a routine first day with some minor glitches at individual schools.
    "It was an uneventful start and that's a good thing," Wilson said.
    Teachers echoed Baker's comment about the first day being exciting.
    "It's exciting to see the children again," said Kathy Frey, who is beginning her third year at Brooklet and 30th year teaching overall. "You see how they've changed over the summer. Even if it's just a little bit. The first day ... there are always so many possibilities."
    Baker said Brooklet's additional classrooms will house fourth and fifth graders.
    "It has helped our crowding issues and will help the learning environment for our students," Baker said.
    At Southeast Bulloch Middle, students were making the transition from elementary school.
    "It's always interesting to see how the sixth graders adjust to a new place," said Tracey Bazemore, the school's counselor. "But they're great kids and it's going to be a great year."    The new principal at Brooklet Elementary School summed up the first day of school in one word: "Exciting!"
    Marlin Baker welcomed almost 600 students to Brooklet Monday, as Bulloch County public schools opened for the 2008-09 year with a record enrollment of more than 9,000.
    "We don't have official numbers yet, but with new Pre-K classes now included, we may be above 9,000," said Charles Wilson, assistant superintendent for finance with the school system.
    After opening a new Southeast Bulloch High and a new Nevils Elementary in 2007, the changes for opening day 2008 were relitively minor. Three schools — Brooklet, Southeast Bulloch Middle and Langston Chapel Middle — added classrooms and academic wings for the 2008 school year. Construction of the new Statesboro High is ongoing and is expected to open after Winter break in January.
    Wilson reported a routine first day with some minor glitches at individual schools.
    "It was an uneventful start and that's a good thing," Wilson said.
    Teachers echoed Baker's comment about the first day being exciting.
    "It's exciting to see the children again," said Kathy Frey, who is beginning her third year at Brooklet and 30th year teaching overall. "You see how they've changed over the summer. Even if it's just a little bit. The first day ... there are always so many possibilities."
    Baker said Brooklet's additional classrooms will house fourth and fifth graders.
    "It has helped our crowding issues and will help the learning environment for our students," Baker said.
    At Southeast Bulloch Middle, students were making the transition from elementary school.
    "It's always interesting to see how the sixth graders adjust to a new place," said Tracey Bazemore, the school's counselor. "But they're great kids and it's going to be a great year."
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