Crawford County school districts had a smooth and uneventful first day back, according to school superintendents.
Superintendents of the five county school districts said the first day of classes for the 2016-17 school year went as planned, with the weather being particularly pleasant on Monday.
“We are off to a great start. Everyone has worked hard to prepare for the school year, and as a result, it has been a very smooth first day of school,” said Van Buren School District Superintendent Dr. Harold Jeffcoat. “I’m excited to see our students fill our classrooms and playgrounds. As I walk through buildings, it’s amazing to see how quickly our kids fall back into routine.”
Jeffcoat gave credit to the district’s “awesome” faculty and staff, who he said “deserve a round of applause for a successful start to the 2016-17 school year.”
Other superintendents also called the first day back “smooth,” “routine” and “uneventful” - which is a good thing by any superintendent’s standards.
Alma School District’s first day back to school went “as smooth as silk,” said Superintendent David Woolly, with no problems other than the usual traffic.
“It’s been a routine day,” Woolly said.
Mountainburg School District Superintendent Dennis Copeland also said Monday was “very smooth for the first day of school.”
Cedarville School District Superintendent Kerry Schneider oversaw his first day of classes as superintendent with the district.
“I went out this morning and watched as buses arrived … and everything went really smooth,” Schneider said. “The kids seemed happy, and the weather was great.”
Cooler weather seemed to contribute to a pleasant first day for the new school year.
“It’s been a calm, cool day today, and the weather has certainly helped,” Woolly said.
Covered walkways at Mountainburg School District’s three schools went over well with students trying to stay dry during a bit of wet weather in the area, Copeland said.
Mulberry-Pleasant View Bi-County School District also had an issue-free day, said Superintendent Lonnie Myers.
Myers attended all three campuses on Monday to look in on students and staff, he said.
“I think the most exciting thing was to see our preschoolers and kindergartners,” Myers said. “They’re always so excited because they have their bright, new things.”
Myers also was excited to see how ninth grade students were fitting in at the high school after the district reconfigured their grade levels for this year. Mulberry High School will contain grades nine through 12, Pleasant View campus grades five through eight and Marvin Primary grades pre-kindergarten through four.
“Having the ninth graders at the high school means they’ll be able to access a lot more activities,” Myers said. “I think they’ll have more opportunities at the high school.”
School districts have not yet made final tallies of enrollment for the first semester of school, the superintendents said.