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During a presentation on Monday at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton welcomed the teachers of Gulf County back from summer break.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

Saying a new school year will bring changes was cliché years ago.

But, really, the year about to start brings significant changes to Gulf County Schools.

Teachers got the year rolling Monday, enjoying a morning county-wide celebration at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School sandwiched between time spent networking within schools and getting classrooms ready.

“This is my fourth year and this is the first time we’ve had this opportunity to all get together,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton.

Students arrive back this Monday.

The changes begin in the classrooms where the district will welcome 11 new teachers, with another at Wewahitchka Elementary School to be filled.

The number of new teaches is nearly double each of the past three years.

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