"I'm glad school is about to start, summer's over," said Shawana Hadden.
And Hadden is especially glad now that her grandchildren have moved back to the area and will now be back in the Richmond County School system.
"They're back here to go to school in Richmond County," she said. "I feel like we have a great school system here."
Her grand-kids are going to Hains Elementary in a brand new building that opened it's doors earlier this year.
It's one of the many newer schools already completed from the multi-million dollar Bond Building Program the county started years ago, to build several new schools.
And students aren't the only ones excited for the first day back.
"I feel just like the students. The great anticipation of the first day of school is always exciting," said Dr. Frank Roberson, Richmond County schools superintendent.
Dr. Roberson stopped by Hains, where several parents are excited about the new free lunch program.
"There's a slight increase in taxes in order to meet the budget, but it was off-set by the free lunch program," he said.
The Board voted to increase the millage rate 0.98 mills, which means for families in a $100,000 it's about a $30 increase.
The free lunch program allows all students, no matter what income, to get breakfast and lunch free of charge everyday at school.
"That's great because a lot of parents probably leave home early in the morning time, so you'll make sure your kids do have breakfast and do have lunch," said Hadden.
And as far as what parents, and grandparents like Hadden can expect this year, Dr. Roberson says to expect a lot of hard work.
"They can expect a wonderful, heavy emphasis academic school year. And success for their children," said Dr. Roberson.
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