10:58am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Another Year Begins for Fayette Co. Schools

Summer break is officially over, but 10-year-old Tantalissia Champs doesn't seem to mind. The Maxwell Elementary School 5th-grader was ready for the start of a new school year.  "I am so excited. I couldn't wait." Classroom lessons resumed for thousands of students across the Fayette County Public School district Thursday.

Maxwell Elementary is known for its Spanish immersion program. Principal Heather Bell says that means that for many kids, Thursday was also the first day of learning a new language.

"Starting the first day of kindergarten, half their day is in Spanish and half of their day is in English. We get them ready for a foundation of being bilingual, and bi-literate, and bi-cultural."

FCPS kicked off a new academic year without Superintendent Stu Silberman. Silberman retired this year and the school board hired Tom Shelton as his successor. Shelton's first day is September 1st.

"The transition seems to be a very smooth one. I feel like we've definitely got a leader. We can approach Mr. Shelton. We have our structures at IAKSS (It's About Kids Support Services). So we're waiting for him to come full time but feel like he's already here," says Bell.