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BURNT HILLS: School daze begins

The number of students in each classroom will fluctuate until the end of this month as residency changes continue to be filed with the main office.

"We have a flood of people registering new students all summer long," said Multer. "But people who move outside the district have a tendency to forget to tell us about their move. We'll know by the end of September where our exact enrollment stands."

Buildings spruced up and ready

During the summer, each of the district schools underwent major roof refurbishments, and the entire electrical system at Stevens Elementary School was upgraded.

With the increased power demands to operate computer equipment, more access to electricity was needed.

"The electrical capacity was simply maxed out," said Multer. "We were at the point where it was no longer safe to keep using extension cords on a semi-permanent basis."

Power was shut down at the elementary school Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 28 to 31, but all the systems are now up and running.

Other district schools received this power upgrade last year.

As for preparing individual classrooms, teachers didn't take a break from going into school all summer long.

"We've had our teachers in and out since classes ended," said high school Principal Maryellen Symer. "Sometimes I have to tell the teachers they can't come in because the floors are being waxed. I joke and say the high school is like Motel 6; we always leave the lights on for them."

Symer said the teachers were busy setting up their classrooms and doing some crash studying of their own.

"There are constantly new textbooks, new software programs and new courses, and the teachers need to be ready," said Symer. "That's part of the educational environment; there's always something new to learn."

Freshmen jitters

Kindergartners typically have their parents as cheerleaders as they climb aboard the bus for one of life's biggest milestones, but freshmen entering high school aren't likely to draw support from their parents waving goodbye as the bus pulls away from the curb.

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