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August 1, 2013

Smooth sailing reported in Clark, Floyd schools

School districts report happy students despite shortened summer

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“It’s been absolutely wonderful,” Waters said. “Every kid that walked in was excited to be back. They loved being in their school, seeing new teachers in their grade levels and seeing their friends. We’ve got some great kids who are just polite and happy to be here.”

Laughner also said Greater Clark’s introduction of Chromebooks in every classroom got students and teachers excited about the start of the new year.

“I think the teachers are excited to be able to have that as a tool to engage students,” Laughner said. “With technology, you’re always ready to go to work. With all the new things out there as far as apps, they’re excited to use those in the classroom. The students want to use those as part of their classroom experience, so I think it’s going to go well.”

Lisa Nale, principal at William H. Borden Junior/Senior High School, said she thought the district did a nice job of making sure parents were aware of any adjustments they’d have to make throughout the year for the balanced calendar, but still might have some extra planning to do when the breaks come along.

“I think our community and our students alike are looking forward to the change,” Nale said. “The biggest concern we’ve had is childcare for the younger students, but they’ve said the older students will watch the younger kids.”

But she said some parents have found help with local daycares offering short-term programs to keep children through the work day.

Louis Jensen, director of high schools for New Albany-Floyd County schools, said he and other administrators visited all but three of their schools throughout the district.

He said middle school administrators were happy with their transition into the school year as well as the open houses held for students and parents through the last few days.

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