First day of school sees a lot of students, few problems

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 at 11 O'clock / Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Columbia County, Ga. (WRDW) -- The first day of school is in the books for students in Columbia County. A record 25,000 students will fill classrooms this year. The growing systems says normal first day hiccups like finding the bus pick up and drop off could be solved as early as Thursday. News 12 breaks down what you need to know and where you can get back to school answers if you need them.

It's a growing school system, facing a few growing pains many others would like to have.

"The hiccups have been growth in general," said Assistant Superintendent Penny Jackson.

Jackson says a record 25,000 students will walk the hallways this year in Columbia County and the problems some faced on their first day will quickly be fixed.

"With transportation, enrollment numbers, and scheduling you are balancing out with those who actually show up and those who have enrolled," she told News 12.

Jackson says most of the feedback has been positive and we've seen that on our Facebook page, but we've also seen a lot of you post problems about buses.

"Drivers adjusting to their routes. Routes have changed. So, you add all that up together and you're going to have some delays," said Jackson.

Timing out school buses isn't the only shifting the system hopes to perfect by the end of the week, they'll also make sure each classroom has the right number of students per teacher.

"Going back to the balancing act. We are having to balance and keep people and shift them where the actual students are showing up," she said.

According to Jackson principals are reporting how many students show up and how many are enrolling daily this week. All in an effort to make the transition from summer to school seamless

"Each day should get better and better with the kinks. By Friday especially by Monday it should be certainly smooth sailing," she said.

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