The Russellville Independent school district had one of its best opening days ever last week, according to superintendent Leon Smith.
Students returned to class on Thursday at Stevenson Elementary and Russellville High School and the transition back into the school year couldn’t have gone smoother.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how our first couple of days at school went,” Smith said.
This was the first time in a few years that both Russellville High School and Stevenson Elementary returned to school with the previous year’s administration intact.
Both Stevenson principal Lisa White and RHS principal Kim McDaniel had their assistants back with them for another school year and that consistency in leadership was evident.
“That consistency has been good,” Smith said. “Once you get your system and protocol in place like our administration does now, it is simpler for everyone to understand the process. Each school has been refining their back to school bash and open house and that has helped the parents understand everything.”
Usually with the first day of school comes a host of transportation issues as students and parents get used to new bus routes, but even those problems were less this year.
“We are usually flooded with calls, but the first day we had minimal calls,” Smith said. “Our buses normally run a couple minutes late as you try to iron out the routes, but for the most part, everything was extremely smooth.”
Traffic flowing through both schools was also handled well last week, Smith added.
One of the most exciting parts of the new school year include lots of new technology that the district will be adding to classrooms.
“We are looking forward to all the new technology we’re getting in this month,” Smith said. “We have about 270 Chromebooks that we have ordered for students to use that will be getting in the next couple of days and we are also adding some LED touch panel boards in some of our classrooms. I am very pleased and excited about these additions.”
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