Many students register Monday, more teachers needed
More than 142 new students registered at Knightsville Elementary Monday, the first day of school, which has sent the Dorchester District Two scurrying to hire more teachers to accommodate the unexpected influx of new students. The new students bring the school’s total to 1,300 students.
As of Monday, early afternoon, the district did not have firm figures and says it won’t have them for a few days. However, said Pat Raynor, DD2 PIO, there are at least 400 more new students who registered Monday than there were on the first day of school last year.
More than 23,500 Dorchester District Two students began school at the district’s 22 schools.
“Opening day went smoothly at all school sites with heavy traffic presenting the only challenge,” said Raynor. “As is a tradition throughout the district, many parents took their children to class on this first day of the school year which impacted traffic and parking around schools. School buses delivered children a little behind schedule at several schools but this is typical during the first few days of school.”
District staff members were at all school sites to assist schools on the first day and to identify any problem areas in school operations, said Raynor.
“I would like to thank our teachers, administrators, and particularly our parents,” said Superintendent Joe Pye, “for planning ahead and working cooperatively to make this one of the best school openings we have ever experienced.”