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First day of school in Ouachita Parish and Monroe City

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 MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - Kids that attend school in Ouachita Parish and Monroe City had their first day of classes.

Hopping off the bus is a small step for students, and a big step into the new school year. Sally Humble Elementary student Madelynn Hodge is excited for more than just hitting the books.

"I am very excited because I get to meet up with all my friends I met last year, and I get to meet my new teacher and see my old teachers," says Hodges.
 
Students said goodbye to parents and rushed to new classrooms to meet teachers and see friends. Principal David Claxton says this first day is all about the kids.

"Oh seeing the kids are everything, I will tell them good morning and hearing them tell me good morning back," says Claxton.

While the hallways were quite with students in their classrooms, teachers were learning new kids names, and principals were making their rounds. This year district officials have specific goals to make sure this school year turns out great.

"One we look at infrastructure, what we have what we put in place and what's coming on, we put a lot of infrastructure in the past year and continue this year our schools are going to have things going on some projects in our schools so that does cause some inconveniences for our teachers our students and our parents," says Vidrine.

For Monroe City Superintendent Brent Vidrine those projects include building renovations as well as completing new turf football fields.

Ouachita Parish Superintendent Bob Webber says he'll focus on school safety.
"Our number one primary concern is safety of our students and our employees and well continue to do things throughout the school year to help ensure that and we did a lot of things this summer to help," says Webber.

Morehouse parish students head back Tuesday on a new four day school week schedule. Union Parish schools start Monday.







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