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Lincoln County schools open their doors for new year

It’s that time of year again — school buses, earlier wakeups and yes, even homework.

Summer break officially ended for students in the Lincoln County School District Wednesday as buses rolled and doors opened on the 2019-20 school year.

After a foggy start to the morning, sunny skies prevailed as students, faculty and staff took in their first day of classes.

Lincoln County High School, Lincoln County Middle School, the Lincoln County Area Technology Center and the county’s five elementary schools expected roughly 3,800 students (based on last year’s enrollment) to start the new school year.

Superintendent Michael Rowe was out and about Monday taking part in first-day activities, including greeting students as they arrived at Hustonville Elementary School.

Hustonville was the one school in the district which saw a significant jump in enrollment this year. While most student enrollment remains at or around the same at the other county schools, Hustonville’s student population grew as a result of the closure of McKinney Elementary at the end of the 2018-19 school year. McKinney had 129 K-5 students and 19 preschool students enrolled last year.

The 2019-20 school year runs through May 21. In addition to other holidays, no school will be held during Fall Break, Christmas Break and Spring Break. The Fall Break week is Oct. 7-11, Christmas Break runs from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 and Spring Break is the week of April 6-10.