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First day at SHS goes exceptionally well
080107 1ST DAY 3
With the new Statesboro High construction site in the background, Principal Marty Waters helps direct traffic as the first day of school lets out Wednesday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    Despite first day jitters, a little parking confusion and mass construction, the opening day at Statesboro High School went exceptionally well, administrators said Wednesday afternoon.
    "Today was a very smooth opening," said Principal Marty Waters. "Other than lunch being delayed by about ten minutes, it was as though we've been in school for four or five weeks."
    Dr. Ken LeCain, assistant principal, was quick to praise how well the students responded to the changes in parking and directions.
    "We've had many new logistical things to implement with the parking, and I thought it was going to be a great mess out back, but it went exceptionally well," said LeCain. "The students responded well and have done everything we asked them to or needed them to."
    Waters said there was a slight problem with parents parking in the drop-off areas in front of the school, and signs are coming in soon to help direct traffic to the designated areas in which parents are asked to park.
    He went on to say that parents need to anticipate a short wait while registering new students because the guidance office has been very busy trying to get schedules working properly.
    As for attendance, Waters said the numbers were right where they were expected.
    "We had 1,479 today and 79 in the process of enrolling," said Waters. "We anticipated 1,525 so we're right on target, and next week we can probably expect 1,580."
    Parking was expected to be limited, but Waters said there are actually 50 permits still left. He also asked parents to please be "patient and polite" while the school is working around construction. Construction will be ongoing all year of a new Statesboro High in the parking lot area of the old Statesboro High.
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