Across Aiken County today, nearly 25,000 students and 3,350 employees - including about 1,500 teachers - will return to 20 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and seven high schools.
There will be one new face on the Aiken County school board after November's general election, and it will belong to Ahmed Samaha, who is assistant vice chancellor of student life at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Nearly 26,000 students returned to school in Columbia County on Monday with few problems other than the usual first-day traffic congestion and back-to-school jitters.
Dr. Sean Alford talked about preparing students for college and the workforce, getting parents more involved, helping solve teachers' problems and fixing or replacing old buildings in a recent interview.
Unlawfully passing a school bus can have serious consequences for motorists that extend beyond the obvious child safety issues.
Augusta will presdent school supplies to the Richmond County superintendent Friday, and later a back-to-school giveaway will distribute school supplies at the Henry Brigham Community Centeer.
Children pick up school supplies during the annual Jamz Cuts Back to School Bash at Augusta's May Park on Monday.