Kids, kiss summer goodbye.
Wednesday is the first day of school for students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Cook Inlet Academy and Kalifonsky Christian School. Some other private schools began classes Monday.
Everyone needs to be on the lookout for school buses and youngsters walking, biking or driving to school. Remember that it is against the law to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing, even in the opposite traffic lane.
Some of the changes this year in the peninsula's public schools include:
15 new or transferred principals around the district;
First-grade class sizes limited to 18 students, thanks to a targeted federal grant;
New computers in high schools;
Increased school lunch prices compared to last year (the new prices are $2.30 for elementary, $2.55 for secondary and $3.30 for adults); and
Modifications of the middle school structure because of staff cuts.
Superintendent Donna Peterson said Monday that her teachers and school support workers are ready for the students' return and, unlike some of the students, enthused about getting back to class.
"We are all ready, waiting and excited," she said.
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