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<p>Teachers training: Paris High School Media Specialist Teresa Inman (left) works with teachers Shawn Vickers (foreground) and Bryan Hutson (background) at the school last week. The new school year opens Monday, Aug. 18 for public school students and today for students at Subiaco Academy and St. Joseph Catholic School.</p>

Teachers training: Paris High School Media Specialist Teresa Inman (left) works with teachers Shawn Vickers (foreground) and Bryan Hutson (background) at the school last week. The new school year opens Monday, Aug. 18 for public school students and today for students at Subiaco Academy and St. Joseph Catholic School.

A new public school year begins Monday, Aug. 18 and school officials in northern Logan County interviewed this week said everything is ready for the students.

If you’re a student, that means five days left of summer vacation. For parents, just hang on, those five days will go by quickly.

Of course, barring something unforeseen, the big news on opening day will be attendance. Last year, the Paris School District had 1,134 students, the County Line School District had 453 students, the Scranton School District had 406 students, Subiaco Academy had 184 students and St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris had 60 students.

For Subiaco Academy and St. Joseph Catholic School, the 2014-15 school year opened today (Wednesday). Julie Rochester, principal at St. Joseph, said she’s expecting 60 students to arrive for class today, the same as last year. The school houses students in grades pre-K to eighth.

“We’ve added a Gifted and Talented program for students in grades one through five this year,” Rochester said earlier this week.

The school has also added one new teacher, Rochester said.

Also, the school is going off the federal government’s student lunch program, Rochester said.

“This means we can accept any food donations as long as the food is in-date,” Rochester said.

Matt Stengel, the headmaster at Subiaco Academy, the all-male Catholic School at Subiaco Abbey, could not be reached for comment.

Superintendents at the Paris and Scranton Districts think their enrollment numbers will be about where they were last year.

“I don’t expect any significant increase or decrease from last year,” Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett said this week.

“I think we’re going to be pretty close to the same enrollment we had last year,” said Dr. Jim Bridges, superintendent of the Scranton School District.

Taylor Gattis, superintendent of the County Line district, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Enrollment numbers are important because each public school student represents about $6,500 in funding from the state.

Fawcett and Bridges said everything is ready for the return of kids. Teachers returned to work Monday.

“We’re ready. We’ve got everybody hired and our buildings for the most part are ready,” Fawcett said. “Our buses have already be checked and cleaned so they’ll be ready to go Monday morning.”

Fawcett, who is starting his third year as superintendent here, will be on one of those buses Monday morning.

“I always ride a school bus on the first day and I will do it again this year,” he said.

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