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August 8, 2012

Supt. DePaul: ‘We had a good first day’

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County Schools began the school year Wednesday with 8,816 attending classes on the first day, a number that is expected to grow in coming days.

The first-day numbers reflect only K-12 attendance and will swell significantly when pre-kindergarten students return on Aug. 17.

The numbers also may not reflect full attendance because it is  possible that some students were not counted on the first day, particularly at the system’s larger schools, Schools Superintendent Samuel DePaul said.

The school system could not immediately locate numbers for the first day of school last year, but second-day attendance in August 2011 was 8,665.

“We’ll probably be looking at this (attendance) for the next several days,” he said.

Some students also traditionally miss the initial day for various reasons, DePaul said.

“You have people still on vacation that just don’t show up today,” he said. “I know in past experiences, some families when they see the school buses rolling they realize school’s starting.”

No significant transportation hiccups were reported on the first day.

“We’ve had some issues, but we haven’t had one call in the afternoon” from parents, DePaul said. “They (principals) told me all the buses got back. We did have a couple of late buses. We had a good day.”

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