Last updateTue, 27 Jan 2015 4pm

Cuba Schools open without a hitch

Things went smoothly at the Cuba Schools on the first day, and have only gotten smoother in the days since, say administrators. Classes resumed at the school district last Thursday.

“Getting ready for students to return to school was way more hectic than the first couple of days were,” explained Superintendent Johnny Thompson. He said that he was worried about making sure the summertime construction projects were all finished and that the buildings were ready for returning students and teachers.

“The hardest thing was transitioning our parents to using the new, rear entrance for the elementary school building,” said Thompson. “That was probably our biggest change from last year, but we did a good job of informing parents and letting them know of the new entryway.”

As part of the district’s construction redesign of the building, the elementary school’s main entrance has been moved from the north side of the building to the south. Buses continue to use the front for loading and unloading students, but parent pickup and dropoff is now exclusively on the south side.

“I’d say the majority of kids were already being dropped off in the back anyway,” Thompson said. “I don’t think it’s that big of a change, and people will get used to it pretty quickly. I don’t see it being a problem.”

In addition to moving parent traffic to the south side of the elementary, the building has also implemented additional security measures at the front desk, so that visitors are required to sign into a book and sign out, as well as wear a temporary ID badges.

“The reason for this is the safety and security of our students and staff,” explained Thompson. “If parents are checking their children out of the building, we need to know who they are, but it also helps us keep up with who is in the building and who isn’t, in case there is a fire or other emergency.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:  On the first day of school last week, there were 1,547 students enrolled in the 2014 kindergarten class. 1,520 were enrolled first day in 2013. There were 1,481 kindergarten students present on the first day of classes in 2014 and 1,471 present on the first day in 2013.