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Students Go Back to School in Duval County

6:15 PM, Aug 9, 2004   |    comments
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By Angela Spears First Coast News JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Students in Duval County are once again hitting the books. Today was the first day of school. Many students at John E. Ford Elementary were very excited. One Kindergartner said he couldn't even sleep last night because he was so excited. Students packed into the hallways well before the first bell rang. Some kindergartners were a little nervous about the first day of school. Parents, of course, were a little nervous too. Duval County School officials expect 130,000 students to be enrolled in the public schools this year. The Superintendent, John Fryer, is stressing that learning begins on day one. The school district added 34 bus routes this year because of the increase in students transferring from failing schools and those changing schools under the no child left behind act. Two thousand more students will be on school buses. First Student Bus Company has 13 of the new routes. John Ziegler, Regional Operations Manager with the company, believes First Student is ready for the extra load. He's even added 63 buses to the fleet. If you have questions about your child's bus route with First Student, you can call 904-854-6565. For you can find more information on bus routes at the Duval County Public Schools website.

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