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Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesUnion County High School hallways were busy Monday morning.
Derik Vanderford|Daily TimesUnion County High School hallways were busy Monday morning.
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UNION COUNTY — The first day of the 2014-2015 school year got off to a great start with school principals reporting that students and teachers alike showed enthusiasm for returning to the classroom and continuing the learning process.


Monday was the start of the new school year for students in the first through 12th grades in the Union County School District and the principals of the district’s elementary, middle and high schools said things went smoothly.


“It was perfect,” Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness said Tuesday morning. “All our students were ready to get to work when they got here. We just had a fabulous day.”


Foster Park Elementary School Principal Barbara Palmer said Monday “was the best start of school ever. It was like the kids had never left. They just picked up where we left off in May.”


Buffalo Elementary School Principal Melissa Inman thanked the teachers at her school for the hard work they put into preparing for the start of the school year.


“It was the best opening day I’ve had as a principal, thanks to the teachers for all their early preparation,” Inman said. “We look forward to the best school year ever.”


Sims Middle School Principal Mickey Connolly said that “we had a great day. It was a smooth start. The students were wonderful, they came to school energetic and excited, ready to begin a new school year.”


Lockhart Schools Principal Betsy Trakas said there was a great deal of excitement and energy at her school as well.


“That was probably the smoothest opening day I can remember,” Trakas said. “There was a lot of positive energy and excitement about returning to school from both the teachers and the students.”


Union County High School Principal Floyd Lyles said the school year got off to a good start at UCHS even though some students were at first worried about the class schedule.


“We had a really good start,” Lyles said. “The students were happy to be back and see their friends.


“We started our new A-B schedule and a lot of students were fearful of the new schedule,” he said. “Afterwards though, we had a lot of positive comments from students about the new outline of our day and how it is set up.”


Lyles said he hopes Monday is sign of how things will go this school year.


“Hopefully there will be a continuation of the positive atmosphere we had on day one,” Lyles said.


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