Jackson-Madison County students head back to school

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson-Madison County students returned to class Monday, and the district said crews worked long hours to get facilities ready. Faculty greeted students as they filed into North Side High School for the first day of the new school year. Jaiden White is a rising junior. “I had to clean out my book bag,” she said. “It was a wasteland.” Jackson-Madison County School System Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin said the district is 100 percent staffed. She said employees worked long hours to get facilities ready and as far as she knows everything is working, but she said the lawns are a work in progress. “We know we have some buildings and we have some air conditioning units that are very old, so we are always on standby,” Ruffin said. The superintendent said she visited all 27 facilities before the first day of classes and plans to stop by all of the schools at some point this month. “I genuinely care about what‘s happening in the schools, and sometimes when people see you they’re more prone to really telling you things that you need to know as opposed to sending you an email,” Ruffin said. The district said it is focused on financial stability, safety and academic excellence. Parents have high hopes for their kids as well. “Just hoping that they prosper,” Twanna Lyles, a parent, said. “Continue to make good grades and keep moving forward, keep pushing.” Students like White work to get back into the routine. “It’s exciting, but it’s kind of nervous and it’s kind of chaotic in a way when we’re trying to find our classes and stuff, but it’s fun,” White said. Students went for a half day Monday, and the first full day of classes is Tuesday. Ruffin estimates enrollment at about 12,500 students.

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