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Richmond schools begin; few problems reported

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Butler High School students are dropped off from buses for the first day of school on August 13
Monday, Aug 13, 2012 12:46 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 1:00 AM
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Richmond County schools went back into session Monday, and the school buses hauling thousands of students returned to the road.

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Butler High School students are dropped off from buses for the first day of school.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Butler High School students are dropped off from buses for the first day of school.

Transportation Director Jimmie Wiley said that most routes had no delays this morning and that buses arrived at schools in time for breakfast.

“So far everything is going good,” Wiley said. “We had a few calls this morning, but nothing like what we experienced last year.”

The transportation department worked this summer to rectify route problems and late buses, which led to thousands of complaints on the first day last year.

Wiley said drivers practiced their routes earlier this month and staff was thoroughly trained on how to handle the first day’s expected chaos.

The preparation worked, he said.

“A high percentage of the routes were on time, but you always have the usual first-day things,” Wiley said. “We just ask parents to have their kids out (at bus stops) earlier. ... Make sure you get the kids out there five to 10 minutes ahead of time.”

Carol Rountree, the district’s director of student services, said the district’s executive directors were visiting schools all morning and did not find any major issues. She said students were learning the rules, getting back into familiar routines and getting ready for the school year.

“It appeared to be really very, very smooth,” Rountree said. “Even the new principals were walking through their schedules well. So far, so good.”

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CobaltGeorge 08/13/12 - 12:58 pm
Good News

for day 1, now lets see what news will be for day "2".

willie7 08/13/12 - 01:11 pm
Congratulations RCBOE for a

Congratulations RCBOE for a great start!!!
Let's all work to bring all schools up to par.

lynn7044 08/14/12 - 07:18 am
Congratulations RCBOE

Well the truth is now here, when parents come together to do what's best for our students we can make a different. Let's not stop here with making things better for our students, now it's time to go to the RCBOE meeting to let them know we want to be inform of things they are doing before they just decide on what they think is best. When in alot of cases it's not. Not let them keep wasting our tax dollars on people who are not doing their job. The board is back to some of there same games from last year.
I want to know when will the board going to but the parent/teacher advisors members into play. Last year it was stated they were going to make it happen so what is the board waiting on.

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