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Ring the Bell! School is Back in Session

By Yasmine Regester / September 2, 2016

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Bessemer Elementary students wait for their respective school buses after a successful first day of class on Monday, August 29. Photo by Charles Edgerton/Carolina Peacemaker

Bessemer Elementary students wait for their respective school buses after a successful first day of class on Monday, August 29. Photo by Charles Edgerton/Carolina Peacemaker

Bessemer Elementary School teacher Valerie Preston walks her Kindergarten students to the buses. Photo by Charles Edgerton/Carolina Peacemaker

Bessemer Elementary School teacher Valerie Preston walks her Kindergarten students to the buses. Photo by Charles Edgerton/Carolina Peacemaker

Guilford County Schools welcomed back all of its 72,000 students and a new superintendent on Monday, August 29.

New Superintendent Sharon Contreras visited a variety of schools across the district, wearing a dress designed by the students at Brooks Global Studies.

GCS First Day Fun Facts:

  • 100 percent of classes had a full-time teacher staffed for the first day of school.
  • GCS served approximately 44,000 lunches and 24,000 breakfasts on the first day of school.
  • Nearly 600 buses traveled approximately 52,000 miles.
  • 283 new teachers were trained this summer through GCS Induction and Success.
  • Nearly 3,700 K-5 students attended the ACES program at 57 elementary schools.




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