School year officially off and running in Guthrie

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The Guthrie school district welcomed hundreds of students Tuesday morning as the summer officially came to an end for students and school staff.

Dr. Mike Simpson visits with two students in Rhonda Gillett's Pre-K class at Willow Creek.

Dr. Mike Simpson visits with two students in Rhonda Gillett’s Pre-K class at Willow Creek.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson in a statement said, “Overall, we are very pleased with how this morning went.  I want to thank our transportation department for their outstanding work as they continue to refine our bus routes so students spend less time getting to school.”

Simpson, along with other members of the administration staff, took a walk through each school in the morning talking with principals and was able to walked into a few classrooms to greet the first day students.

“The first day always brings a level of excitement and anxiety with teachers, principals, parents and especially students. In visiting many classrooms, I saw dedicated staff members with age appropriate activities to reduce the stress associated with the start of a new year,” Simpson said.

With all schools starting and ending at the same time this year, some parents have shown concerned with traffic congestion. For the first day, three factors made an impact on the traffic, but overall appeared to be in order.

Two accidents halted traffic for a brief time for the morning and afternoon drives, but neither involved injuries. The morning minor incident was in the intersection of Wentz and Noble just before 8 a.m. A four-car accident struck at around 3:40 p.m. just south of the high school on Wentz. Two cars needed to be towed away.

The viaduct also slowed traffic down for those trying to get to the west side. The bridge continues to be down to one lane while undergoing construction. Many motorist were seen using College St. to avoid some of the congestion.

With the first day of school, an increased number of children are driven to school for their first day and Police Chief Damon Devereaux says the traffic will slow down once school gets into the flow of the year.

Devereaux went on to say there were not any major issues with motorists driving in school zones.


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