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Get in gear for new school year

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SoVaNow.com / August 14, 2014


Excited, bright-eyed students stepped off their buses yesterday morning to head back to class as Halifax County Public Schools opened for the 2014-2015 school year. “Everything went just like clockwork,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon, who started off her day with breakfast at Clays Mill Elementary. “We got them safely to school, and the children were so excited about their breakfast. I think they really liked having a choice, their pick of three different meals from Sodexo” — the outside food service management company that the schools have contracted to provide meals this year.

From Clays Mill, Herndon stopped by at Scottsburg Elementary where students were just finishing their breakfasts. “They, too, were excited about their choices,” Herndon said.

Herndon said she later traveled to Halifax County High School where she found plenty of lunch trays being used. “They loved picking their lunch there [HCHS] and really seemed excited about having so many options to choose from,” she said.

A total of 5,567 students are enrolled in county schools this academic year, and 262 were absent on the first day.

The high school has 1,708 students enrolled, with 1,206 students at the middle school. Of the elementary schools, South Boston Elementary has the largest student population with an enrollment of 748 students; Cluster Springs Elementary is next with 573.

Clays Mill has the smallest student population with an enrollment of 178.

Meadville Elementary has an enrollment of 205, Sydnor Jennings is next smallest with 233 students enrolled, Sinai Elementary has 257 students, and Scottsburg has 269.

The South Boston Early Learning Center has 109 students while Cluster Springs Early Learning Center has an enrollment of 81.

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