2015-08-19 / Front Page

Relatively routine back-to-school day except for a few traffic problems

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer


Limestone-Central Elementary fifth grade teacher Shawn Casey reads a story Monday to her class on the first day of school. A total of 8,783 students were enrolled in the Cherokee County School District as the 2015-2016 school year got under way. 
(Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL) Limestone-Central Elementary fifth grade teacher Shawn Casey reads a story Monday to her class on the first day of school. A total of 8,783 students were enrolled in the Cherokee County School District as the 2015-2016 school year got under way. (Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL) Traffic congestion drew the ire of some parents Monday afternoon as county students adjusted to the routine of a new school year.

Grassy Pond Elementary, Gaffney High and Goucher Elementary were among county schools experiencing traffic congestion after the first day of school. An irate grandparent said she had a 50-minute wait to pick up a child in front of Grassy Pond Elementary.

The school had 350 student car riders on the first day.

Grassy Pond Elementary was unable to move student pickup behind the school this year as originally planned because of an addition scheduled to be built by the gym, principal Erik Gerstenacker said. Work on four new classrooms and a multipurpose area is expected to start in the next couple of months.

“We have contacted the district office and asked the sheriff’s office to take a look at our traffic patterns to see if we can make it better in the afternoons.” Gerstenacker said. “We ask parents be patient in the next few days while we work to make traffic run smoother at our school.”

Despite traffic issues at a few schools, Cherokee County school administrators found the school day was relatively uneventful.

An enrollment report showed 8,783 students attended classes for the first day of school. This was a slight decrease from last year’s figure of 8,823 students.

“Cherokee County has had a smooth opening for the first day of the 2015- 2016 school year as well as a successful laptop deployment at Blacksburg High as part of our 1:1 Technology Initiative,” superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore said. “Ola Copeland Learning Center and the Cherokee Technology Center will receive their devices on Tuesday, followed by Gaffney High School on Wednesday.”

Blacksburg High students were given Dell laptop computers as part of a district plan to make technology a daily part of learning in schools. The district will issue laptop computers to all high school students this week to use for classroom assignments and projectbased learning throughout the school year.

County teachers spent the first day getting to know their students and starting the first lessons in the school year. Many schools were busy enrolling new students.

The first day of school couldn’t have gone any better for Limestone-Central Elementary Principal Dr. Bryan Hullender.

“It was a fabulous. We’ve had a great start to the school year,” Hullender said. “The kids were on time. Everyone was excited to come back to school.”

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