Students have smooth first day of school
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Summer vacation is over for students, and it's back to setting those alarms for an early start.
About 261,000 students in Broward County returned to the classroom Monday morning.
Although there were some slight glitches, like a school bus breaking down, everything went relatively smoothly, said Superintendent Robert Runcie.
Runcie boarded a Broward school bus Monday morning following the chaos of last year where the bus system transporting almost 80,000 kids was left in total disarray for weeks. Over the weekend, Runcie said, "We've learned from those mistakes and remedied these issues," he said. "The problem was ... we were short of drivers last year. It caused a huge problem for us, so we've been recruiting constantly and consistently throughout the school year."
However, that was not the case this school year. There were no major reported problems, and parents are just glad to take their children back to school.
Parent Regine Seusedin said, "I am happy she is going back to school because that is my time to have my break now."
Another parent, Marisol Salero said, "Yeah, first day back to school is kinda rough, gotta get to the new routine." She added, "I am happy, and I know he'll be happy. He just needs to get used to it."
Teacher Raquel Alpuglu said, "I'm very excited, and I missed all of them. It's good to see them. Over the summer, they have grown so much in just a few months, so it's really exciting to see them."
It was also back to the books for kids in Miami-Dade County, and this year, students are even more motivated to start school, especially with the new programs being offered.
Zelda Glazer Middle, just launched a specialized art curriculum with theater and dance. "We actually expand parental choice," noted Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, "investing more in arts and music programs, creating performing arts magnet schools like this one."
Drama student Tamara Munoz said, "We have a lot of plays, showcases, new projects. We're going to be doing our own costumes and makeup and learning all that stuff."
Another charter school, called SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management), opened its doors for the first time for grades six through 12. Rap star and Miami native Pitbull is one of the school's biggest backers. His own kids attend charter schools. "I see how much these teachers really care about these kids, I see what these teachers mean to these kids, and I see the change in their life that they make," Pitbull said.
SLAM will teach everything sports, including sports business, physical therapy, public relations and more.
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