Despite dreary weather, students, teachers in Pell City, Talladega County systems enjoy smooth start to 2017-18 school year (with photos)

It was a rainy, dreary but exciting day for students who returned to school for the start of the 2017-18 academic year

PELL CITY -- It was a rainy, dreary but exciting day for students who returned to school for the start of the 2017-18 academic year in Pell City on Tuesday.

“I saw students learning and teachers teaching,” said Pell City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Barber. “I am amazed how smooth things went.”

Students also returned to classrooms Tuesday in the Talladega County and Sylacauga systems. Classes in the St. Clair County and Talladega City systems start today.

"The day has gone very smoothly," Talladega County Schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey said. "I have visited most of the schools, and everyone is excited to be back. It's been a very productive day."

Despite the summer break, Barber said teachers and students in the Pell City system had little trouble getting into their daily routines.

“It was almost like we didn’t have a break – it was a smooth start,” he said.

He said teachers and staff were ready to receive children. “Everyone was excited about their first day back,” Barber said.

He said there were a lot of preparations made before Tuesday, and they all paid off.  

Barber said traffic is always a little hectic on the first day, “even without the rain.”

Barber said the schools always have a few more car riders the first day of class because students are bringing supplies. After parents, students and the community adjust to school traffic, things will flow more smoothly along city roads, he said.

Barber said it also appeared that student numbers were good, and school officials will get a firm handle on those figures as the week progresses.

“During the first week, students will continue to enroll,” he said.

Barber said there were no major incidents or problems on the first day of school.

“A lot of planning goes into the kickoff of school,” he said. “The first day generally sets the tone for how the school year is going to go ... It’s been a great day, a great day.”

Lacey said her system’s mission will remain the same as it heads into the new academic year -- preparing students to be college and career ready.

"We are expanding on our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) initiative and have incorporated Project Lead the Way into our schools this year,” she said.

Lacey said she is proud of the support given to Talladega County Schools.

"The schools have had several ‘meet the teacher’ events already," she said. "I continue to be proud of the support the system receives from our parents and members of the community."

-- Staff writer Laci Braswell contributed to this story

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