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Students reported to school Wednesday morning at South Boston Elementary — some for the first time. (David Conner II photos) / August 09, 2018

The bell rang Wednesday for students in Halifax County Public Schools as more than 4,700 local youths headed back to school Wednesday.

“It was a fantastic day,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg, who along with School Board Chairman Joe Gasperini visited most of the county’s schools on opening day.

Speaking before the day was over, Lineburg said he had not encountered any hiccups on the first day back for students.

“All our people were working very hard and it was all very positive,” Lineburg said.

With a total enrollment of 4,765, school personnel reported that 283 students were absent on opening day. The first-day turnout was lower than in August 2017, when 4,813 students showed up for the first day of school.

Halifax County High School has an enrollment of 1,413 students. Another 1,052 students are enrolled at the middle school.

Enrollment at South Boston Elementary is 633 students; at Cluster Springs Elementary, the figure is 577 students.

Among the smaller elementaries, Scottsburg has the largest enrollment, with 261 students, followed by Sinai with 210. Sydnor Jennings has 197 enrolled students, and Meadville has 163.

The smallest elementary, Çlays Mill, has 153 enrolled students. Enrollment at the South Boston Earlier Learning is 106 students.

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