Smooth sailing as area schools open
Aubrey Rule made clear what she was up to on her initial day at Louisiana Elementary School.
Eastern Pike County schools reopened last week with smooth sailing on all accounts from superintendents.
“It was one of the smoothest openings I can remember thanks to the parents and staff,” said Louisiana R-II School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Basden.
There was a large turnout for the district’s open houses and “we received a lot of positive feedback on the new security vestibules,” at the high school-middle school campus and at the elementary school.
Staff members rode with kindergarten students on busses to make sure they got off at the correct stop, Basden said.
The district had 743 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students enrolled as of Monday, Aug. 19.
“The count usually isn’t solid until after Labor Day because people are still moving,” in and out of the district, Basden said.
The opening week went well at the Clopton R-III School District as well.
“Things seem to be running pretty smoothly,” said Superintendent Mark Harvey. “The parents and teachers have coordinated well and we appreciate everything they’ve done.
There were 455 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students enrolled as of Aug. 19.
Many of the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center students will utilize the old Clopton Middle School campus again this year as they await completion of the school’s new building.
The original building in Eolia burned down in December 2011. The automotive education building was not harmed in the blaze, and diesel, auto body and auto repair students will remain in classes there, Harvey said.
“We’re off to a great start,” said BONCL R-X School District Superintendent Cassie Huckstep-Spangler. “It’s really been smooth.”
The district has 46 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade so far and has made a few changes for them.
All first through eighth-grade students will now take Spanish, Huckstep-Spangler said.
The school has had an arrangement with the Louisiana schools in recent years, allowing middle school students to be in sport programs in Louisiana.
That will continue this year with football, basketball and track. However, students will now go to the Clopton middle school for participation in cross-country and softball.