2018-19 School Year Gets Underway
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Alarm clocks all over the county were likely sounding off early this morning as Edmonson County schools returned to session for the 2018-19 school year.
All five county schools reported that the first day went smoothly overall as students made their way back to the classrooms for the first time since May. Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools, said today was a great start.
"We have had a wonderful opening day. I have been to all schools and our staff is energized and ready to go. I've spoken to many students who are excited to be back," he said.
Principals and faculty were greeting students at entrances to all schools today.
"Things were off to a very smooth start at ECMS this morning, thanks to the hard work and preparation of the faculty and staff here," said Principal Brandon Prunty. "Yesterday, we had a great opening day at the district level, which left us inspired and in anticipation of a wonderful school year. We're all in agreement that Edmonson County schools are the best anywhere and we are looking forward to building positive relationships with all of our students and their parents."
Prunty also added that new safety measures are in place at the middle school, which includes a new electronic lock and video doorbell system at the main office entry. He also said that the front doors will not open until 7:10 am for student drop offs and has asked that no students are dropped off before then, for their safety.
Kyrock Elementary Principal Shaun Stice gave a similar report for the young Blackhawks that returned today.
"The first day at Kyrock has been fantastic," he said. "The kids were anxious to get back in school and meet their new teachers and classmates. They are all settled in with smiles on their faces. We are very optimistic that this is going to be a great year."
Principal Alan Talley said that students were in great spirits this morning at the EC 5/6 Center as well.
"Our students did an outstanding job this morning returning to school and becoming acquainted with their new teachers and classmates. I can say with confidence our students were excited to return, which was evident by the number of big laughs and wide smiles that were seen throughout the morning."
Superintendent Waddell said all the recent construction projects are finished which should minimize interruptions.
"As always, we have the greatest students and staff that anyone could wish for and I feel blessed to be the superintendent of this awesome county," he added. "Establishing relationships with our students is our number one priority and seeing each individual grow is great experience. We all believe that the 2018-19 school year will be a tremendous year."
Local law enforcement is encouraging all drivers to be aware of school traffic in the early morning and afternoon hours and watch for decreased speed limits in school zones.