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A volunteer in the South Boston Elementary receiving line offers a hand to an arriving student. (David Conner II photo) / August 15, 2019
Students stepped foot into classrooms around the county Wednesday as summer gave way to the first day of school.

“It was a great first day. Fantastic,” said Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg.

Opening day enrollment was 4,744 students, a number that is expected to rise as students and families settle in for a new school year. For 2019-20, Halifax County Public Schools is projecting an average daily membership (ADM) of 4,960 students, a number that is less than overall enrollment since student absences are factored into the daily membership figure.

In the previous school year, the average daily membership number was 5,101.

Lineburg said attendance was good for the first day — “you’re always going to come up short” compared to the year-round enrollment count — and he praised the volunteers who turned out at each of the county’s nine schools to form a receiving line for students as they arrived first thing in the morning. “The receiving lines were really nice,” he said.

The receiving lines were new, the idea of School Board Vice Chair Sandra Garner-Coleman, who recruited volunteers to greet students and encourage them to get off to a strong start with the start of a new school year. One commenter on the HCPS Facebook page was impressed by the presence of adults greeting children: “Loved the receiving line! I think the kids really got encouraged by the community support!” she wrote.

Sinai principal, maintenance 
director named

In time for the beginning of classes, the School Board made two appointments: Francine Davis has been named principal of Sinai Elementary School, succeeding Dawn Miller, who haas taken over as principal for Halifax County Middle School.

Also, trustees agreed to name Steve Brumfield as director of operations and maintenance, replacing Jay Jennings, who has taken the position of facilities director for Danville Community College.

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