Maryville students head back to class

Maryville students head back to class

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Students and parents arrive for the first day of classes at John Sevier Elementary School. Students and parents arrive for the first day of classes at John Sevier Elementary School.
Principal Rick Wilson greeted students and parents as they arrived Wednesday morning. Principal Rick Wilson greeted students and parents as they arrived Wednesday morning.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Summer vacation came to an end for students in Maryville Wednesday as they returned to school for the first day of classes.

The first day is a bittersweet day for most kids. At John Sevier Elementary it was no different.

The students shared stories of sleep-overs with friends and trips to Disney World, but while students got to enjoy their summer vacations, teachers and staff had the task of juggling the schedule to accommodate an increased number of students.

"We're up to 520 students, which is a few more than last year," said Principal Rick Wilson.

Wilson says the number of students has increased in recent years and administrators have decided this year was the time to start making changes.

"We added a seventh section of our kindergarten class," said Wilson. "So that changes our master schedule a little bit during the school day."

Wilson says the change is likely to be a sign of more changes to come as those kindergartners advance through school.

The remainder of students in Blount County have a few more days left of vacation. They head back to school Monday, August 5.

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