By Jamison Hooks staff writer

Although the summer heat is still upon us, summer vacation for Morgan County students has once again come and gone. The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) has been hard at work in order to prepare for the new school year. Assistant Superintendent Sarah Burbach stated, “These last two weeks have been busy and wonderful!

We have had six days of pre-planning that provided our teachers and staff with Professional Learning that will guide them for the entire school year.” From the transportation system to the School Nutrition Program, every aspect of the new school year is up and running smoothly. “Our School Nutrition Program is providing good, wholesome breakfasts and lunches, and our transportation system is safely getting our students to and from school each day,” said Burbach.

Transporting 1,950 students round trip each day is no easy task, but according to Burbach, the BOE has worked hard to ensure that students are transported to and from school safely everyday. In order to continue emphasizing student achievement and growth, the Morgan County School system hired 32 new teachers and staff members just this year. “Our 32 new teachers have been oriented to our school system and the teacher evaluation system.

Additionally, our special programs are all in place.” On the first day of class, BOE members and Senior Leadership staff visited classrooms in each of the schools in order to welcome students back for a new year. “They were happy to see students already engaged in class-work and learning from their teachers. “We are off to a great year… continuing to emphasize student achievement and growth!” said Burbach. Enrollment numbers for all the schools are steady, but tentative.

As of the first day of school there were 767 students at MCPS, 678 at MCES, 707 at MCMS, 1005 at MCHS, and 12 at the CrossRoads School, for a total enrollment of 3,169. This number does not include students who were absent on the first day of school. A more accurate enrollment number will be calculated after Labor Day.