The 2013-14 school year begins Monday, Aug. 19 when students in three public school districts and two private schools in northern Logan County report back to class.
Public school teachers reported for work Monday.
School administrators said they’re ready for the students and anticipate enrollments to be near levels seen last year with the exception being St. Joseph Catholic School in Paris, according to newly-appointed Principal Julie Rochester, who is replacing Kimberly Felix.
Rochester said St. Joseph Catholic School will have around 58 students on hand when school starts, compared to around 80 who were enrolled last year.
Subiaco Academy, the all-male Catholic school on the grounds of Subiaco Abbey is anticipating an enrollment of 182 students this year. International students will begin arriving on the campus for registration Thursday and the remaining students will arrive for registration Saturday and Sunday.
Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett said staff is focused this week on getting rooms ready and finishing up some work begun this summer.
“We want to get our summer work done, work on grounds maintenance for open houses and make sure all our air conditioning systems are working right,” Fawcett said. “The major work inside the buildings is done. Our summer staff worked their tails off. We took on some major projects this summer.”
This summer, district personnel refurbished the tennis court at the elementary school, started building a new entry gate at Eagles Stadium, built three sand volleyball courts adjacent to the stadium, removed wood panelling at the day care center in addition to normal summer maintenance work, Fawcett said.
Last Thursday, the Paris School Board hired two teachers and three bus drivers to complete staffing for the new school year.