Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Opening Day for Schools Called a ‘Great Kickoff’
By James Lomuscio
Westport Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon called the day wonderful, and Police Chief Al Fiore called it uneventful, which taken together means that today’s opening for the Westport Public Schools went well.
School buses at Coleytown Elementary School today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Despite a few late buses due to engines that had difficulty starting, Landon called the start of the 2010-2011 academic year for the town’s 5,800 students a success.
“Every principal said it was a great, great kickoff day, and people were excited to be back,” said Landon.
This year’s student population saw an increase now reported at 90, with official numbers due by early October, according to school officials.
Class size goals for this year are 22 students per kindergarten through first grade, and 25 for second through fifth grade, according to Donald O’Day, chairman of the Board of Education.
The district also welcomed 27 new teachers, all filling positions lost to attrition.
“And we had our new principals,” Landon said.
Suzie DaSilva took the helm as principal of Kings Highway Elementary School, Janna Bell as principal of Coleytown Elementary School and Melissa Kay, principal at Bedford Middle School.
“Everything went well,” Landon continued. “The only problem we had were some late buses that had difficulty starting, but that’s not something you wouldn’t expect on the first day of school. But other than that everything went very smoothly.”
High school buses begin to pick up students at 6:45 a.m., middle school buses at 7:20 a.m. and elementary ones at 8 a.m.
Fiore said that each year his department assigns police cars to follow several buses and to watch for motorist violations, from speeding to those who attempt pass a stopped school bus from the opposite direction. Today there were no violations.
“It was pretty uneventful for us,” said Fiore, noting that that was good news. “There were no incidents.”
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“Despite a few late buses due to engines that had difficulty starting…”
Not entirely true. Our bus, #13 for GFS, never arrived, we were later told it broke down and never made the rounds.
Other than that, my kids had a great day and loved their teachers and classes. And dad enjoyed a peaceful day too ;)
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