It’s that time again: back to school.
While Gulf County teachers returned to the classroom this week for a series of meetings and to put the final touches on their curriculum, the student body will resume classes bright and early come Monday morning.
“There’s a buzz of excitement among the faculty and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. “I’m happy to have everyone come back with a real positive attitude and outlook for the new school year.”
Renovations are complete on the Port St. Joe Elementary cafeteria which removed a wall, opening up the cafeteria for additional seating and easier supervision.
Local improvement funds were used to put new flooring in the Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria which will help muffle the sound and help create an atmosphere more conducive to learning.
During the first school board meeting of the 2013-14 year, the board praised GCA Janitorial, which recently took on cleaning duties for all Gulf County schools.
“The staff has worked extremely hard to ensure that the facilities, both inside and out, are clean and as nice as they’ve been in decades,” said Norton.
Additional changes, sparked by the reduction in force, include more than a dozen teachers who transferred between Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka schools as well as the adult school.
The principals at Wewahitchka have swapped schools. Principal for the Jr./Sr. High School is Lori Price and the elementary school welcomed Debbie Baxley.
Seventy Gulf County employees that included bus drivers were certified in CPR and first aid and Port St. Joe schools will welcome 10 new students.
“Even though we have a $1 million less on operating resources, don’t expect to see any shortages in the high delivery of educational services,” said Norton.