JAMESTOWN — New schedules didn’t dampen the first day of school in Jamestown Aug. 16.
The high school and middle school started 30 minutes earlier (7:20 and 7:30 respectively), while the elementary school began one hour later (9:10). But once the kids were in their classrooms it was learning as usual.
“Educationally, the day was great,” said Superintendent Isaac Seevers. “Students were engaged and excited for the return. It was a great day in our schools. We will work hard this year to focus on improving student achievement.”
Getting to and from the buildings was a bit tricky, however. With the new start times came new route systems. Coupled with a break issue on one of the buses, it lead to some transportation headaches above and beyond the normal beginning-of-school curve balls.
“Routes are normally slower and delays are usual, but we also had one bus with a mechanical issue,” Seevers said. “In addition to the typical delays, the bus had a brake issue so we had to hold the students at the elementary while we brought a replacement bus to pick them up. We communicated with families with each delay so they were aware of the problems and not alarmed that students hadn’t made it home.”
In addition to higher achievement goals, Seevers said the district is working hard to partner with local agencies to engage the community and “to invest in areas that address the culture within our schools and our community.”
“We recognize that we need to lead in this area because as the community prospers, we will prosper,” he said. “We shared this vision with our staff on opening day, and I saw many classrooms and students engaged in meaningful discussions in this area today as I traveled around school.”
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.