August 22, 2005
It's good-bye to summer vacation and a return to hitting the books for thousand of students in both Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville.
So long, summer and hello homework.
Students enrolled in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City Schools, traded in the lazy days of summer Monday, to return to class. Aside from getting back to the basics, the plan for the day, is for students to become comfortable with their surroundings.
"The big plan for today is to get acquainted with everyone, make sure all the students are comfortable with their teachers, and our teachers are very good at that and they're ready, they're ready," said James Pierce, Principal of Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville.
Bells rang for the two school division which are set on different ends of the spectrum. One division is coming off a controversial school year resulting in the loss or their superintendent. The other, is planning the departure of their superintendent who retires later this year.
Nearly 20,000 youngsters are enrolled between the two.
The emotions varies from student to student as it does with parents. This father held back tears while dropping his son off at pre-school.
"You know, it's a big change. It's the first time I ever actually got up to see my kid going to school. It's a big difference," said Ron Crawford, a father of a pre-school student at Clark Elementary.
"The only day better than the last day is the first day," added James Pierce.
Across the region, other students hitting campus today include those in Louisa and Madison counties. Greene and Orange county students are scheduled to return later this week.