Education

Wednesday marks first day 2016-17 for Manatee County

Noah Flowers and Jolene Gomez celebrate the last day of school for Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School. School resumes in Manatee County on Wednesday.
Noah Flowers and Jolene Gomez celebrate the last day of school for Orange Ridge-Bullock Elementary School. School resumes in Manatee County on Wednesday. HERALD FILE PHOTO

Just about 48,000 students and 6,000 employees will mark the first day of the 2016-17 academic year in Manatee County on Wednesday.

Superintendent Diana Greene is excited for the day.

“Our buses are ready, our schools are ready, our computers are ready,” Greene said Tuesday, thanking those who worked in the summer to get ready. “Our teachers came back last week, from the sound of it they are ready. We are really very excited.”

Local police agencies, including the Bradenton Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office posted messages on social media, reminding drivers to slow down, especially in school zones.

“Plan for the extra traffic,” board member Bob Gause said. “When you see that bus stop and those lights are flashing and those bars are out — stop.”

School board chairwoman Karen Carpenter had some advice, too.

“Go to bed early, have the child go to bed early. Get a good night’s rest,” she said.

Greene and others, including many of the school board members, will start the day by bidding bus drivers farewell at 6 a.m. Then, many will deploy to the schools to help make sure the first day runs smoothly.

As you head back to school, send your first day photos to education reporter Meghin Delaney at mdelaney@bradenton.com or via Twitter at @MeghinDelaney.

Meghin Delaney: 941-745-7081, @MeghinDelaney

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