LAURINBURG — Monday was the first day of school for thousands of students across Scotland County.
School officials start of the new school year came and went without a hiccup.
“It was wonderful, everything went really smoothly, from buses to classrooms,” said Meredith Bounds public information officer.
She noted how prepared the staff and schools were for the return of students. Teachers and school staff have been working hard all summer to get ready for the return of about 6,000 students, according to Bounds.
“Any bumps or kinks in the road were easily smoothed out, in all accounts it was a great first day,” Bounds said.
I. E. Johnson Principal Barbara Adams said she expects this year to be a good one for students.
“High expectation, keeping literacy first, we’re ready,” she said. “We are focusing on making sure our students and our teachers are setting sail towards success.”
Amy Sloop, an assistant principal, stood in her school’s school bus drop off Monday morning to greet incoming students.
“This is my 23rd first day of school and it’s just as exciting as the very first day,” she said. “The kids are excited, the teachers are excited, it’s a clean start and everybody’s looking forward to a great year.
Sloop also passed out stickers to make sure the students were prepared to leave safely.
“I put a sticker with the bus number on every student so I know how they got to school,” said Sloop, who also checked in on every classroom to ask students how they were getting home.
“Transporting students is something you don’t do quick, you do accurately,” said Sloop.
Vaneshia Love, the first grade assistant teacher, said the first day of school brings everyone together with anticipation for the new year.
“The kids have smiles on their faces coming into school and just being able to come together as one,” Love said.
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.