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Students head back to school in Ohio

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Rock Hill students will head back to class Thursday, Aug. 15, while students in six other Lawrence County school districts started the 2013-14 school year Wednesday.

Chesapeake Superintendent Jerry McConnell and Ironton Superintendent Dean Nance both said things went well for the first day of classes.

"It was the best opening day I've seen in 12 years," Nance said Wednesday.

There were about 1,500 students attending classes Wednesday in the Chesapeake district, up 30 to 35 from last year, McConnell said. Football and soccer students and band members have been practicing on the new Chesapeake stadium field for the past several days after it passed an inspection, he said.

One change anticipated in the district this year is that Chesapeake 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds will start classes Sept. 9 at Chesapeake Elementary instead of a modular trailer at the Chesapeake Community Center.

One thing most districts will be dealing with this year is the third grade reading guarantee in which students have to pass a reading test to move onto the next grade, said Jim Payne, superintendent of the county's educational service center.

"We believe we have people in place to deal with it," Payne said.

The change requires teachers to have special training to deal with the reading guarantee.

"We may have to move a few teachers around, but I believe we've taken the necessary steps to prepare," Nance said.

The school district also has added a new middle school success program dealing with intervention for students needing help.

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