Richmond County heads back to school

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Monday August 11, 2014

RICHMOND CO., Ga. (WRDW)--The first day of school is all about new beginnings, new books, new classmates and now, new teachers.

"About 150 certified teachers," said Tim Spivey, Ph.D., assistant superintendent for Richmond County Schools.

The influx is due to growth in schools.

"We have a teacher for every classroom," said Spivey.

Spivey says it has to do with Fort Gordon's growth.

"Langford Middle School has some portable classrooms," Spivey explained. "I think at Copeland Elementary there are some portable classrooms."

Of course, many parents are concerned with their kids getting to and from school.

On the list of new changes, new bus drivers and new bus routes.

"They've been trained," said Spivey. "They've ran the routes for two days to practice the routes."

While driving, you'll see new construction on continuing projects with a number of schools getting face lifts.

"We have ongoing construction projects through SPLOST," Spivey said.

The construction comes as the county prepares for rightsizing that starts as early as next year.

"We're preparing Josey for that to happen [and] remodeling classrooms," said Spivey.

But while the construction continues, schools across the county are prepping for a change that affect the entire state.

New standardized testing, the Georgia Milestones, which is a new test taking the place of the CRCT with more open-ended questions with fewer multiple choice questions.

The training has just started getting our teachers ready for the new test," said Spivey.

But the preps start now on the first day of school.

"We're hoping for a good first day," he said.

A day that could set the tone for the rest of the year.

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