The new school year is off and running in the Millcreek School District. We went back to Tracy Elementary, to see if all the planning paid off. With Vernondale and Ridgefield closed because of a big budget deficit, there are more than 200 new students here. And with elementary school choice eliminated, others students are back in their neighborhood schools.
We met one mom adjusting to having two kids in two schools outside her neighborhood. "This is my daughter Lorali, she's going to kindergarten at Tracy, Natalie would have been at pre-school here but it's at Westlake," said Amy Groh. "With Vernondale down the road, we could have walked but..."
Many families from Vernondale, Ridgefield and throughout the district are making similar adjustments. Superintendent William Hall's family is feeling the change too, as the district moves boundary lines to help fit the population of seven elementary schools into five. Fifth grader Chloe Hall new to the district last year, is moving from Asbury to Tracy. Dad says they're working through it. "I have no reservations about sending her to any of our elementaries, because I know these schools and they are all great schools," said Hall. It's hard explaining that to her, she has friends established at Asbury, but she'll establish friends here too."
There were some first day glitches. Some students arrived late at Tracy after their bus broke down and they were transferred to another bus. It caused some tense moments for parents who put students on the bus, then drove to school to meet them on the other end. Hall said it's nothing out of the ordinary. "Parents are nervous about buses, some may be running late, but that's all part of the first couple of days and we'll make adjustments as we have as the calls came in throughout the summer," said Hall.
The superintendent told us he's been inspired by how Millcreek families and staff have rallied and worked hard to prepare for the changes. According to Hall, "Now it's about getting kids in classes and providing a world class education, that's what we do in Millcreek."