Superintendent pleased with day one of school; additional teachers will be needed

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Guthrie Public Schools Superintendent Terry Simpson said the first day of school was one of the “smoothest” starts in recent memory.

School started Friday morning in the Guthrie area as school children darted off to their new classrooms and of course the playground.

“We got to have three recesses today,” an excited six-year-old Cale Evans said after his first day at Central Elementary.

Simpson was just as pleased as Evans was with the first day.

“We have had a great start to the 2011-2012 school year. We have experienced one of the smoothest starts I can remember.”

At Cotteral Elementary, Simpson said there was a larger amount of kindergarteners in class and will need to add some additional teachers to the classroom.

“We had 256 kindergarteners show up for the first day of school which means we are going to need to add a couple more kindergarten teachers and possibly one more pre-kindergarten teacher to our staff at Cotteral,” Simpson explained.

Simpson went on to say, “even with pre enrollment students often move out of the district before classes start so we are never sure just how many students we can expect until the first day of classes.”

Not only did the schools have a smooth day, but so did motorist according to Police Chief Damon Devereaux, who was seen directing traffic in front of Fogarty Elementary.

“It was a good first day. We had congestion, but the first couple of days always does.”

 

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