Tens of thousands return to school in state's largest district

Around 76,000 attend school in Greenville County

GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) - A new school year brings with it changes and challenges. Greenville County school buses pick up 27,000 students each day.

Bus routes, car pools and traffic jams seem to be the norm and this year is no exception.

We all remember the first day of any school year, butterflies in your stomach, the new clothes and school supplies. It was also filled with a lot of firsts to get used to.

The beginning of the 2018 school year started out on a high note.

Students at Berea Middle School received a warm welcome as they entered the building.

Mother of eight, Amy Morrow, says she knows the school routine well. Her kids range from 2 to 24 years of age.

"I'm in three car lines everyday actually this morning went shockingly well, I am a little nervous about pick up, we're going to have to get in that line early," said Morrow.

Greenville County Schools spokesperson Beth Brotherton says while school is a routine for many it’s also filled with many firsts.

"We have 11 new principals in Greenville County Schools this year, we've got 600 teachers who are new to the school district, we've got 260 teachers who are first time teachers," said Brotherton.

School officials encourage parents to pack a little patients along with the book bags and lunch boxes.

"We just encourage parents to be patient with us, really for the first two weeks of school, we've got some kinks to work out," Brotherton said.

On this first day of class, Greenville County saw a few buses struck in traffic and parents learning a new flow.

“I saw a few cars this morning pulling into the bus loop.”

While the school system makes their check list, parents like Amy do the same.

“Did I get everybody out with their lunch box? Does everybody have all their paperwork? Did we get all the supplies? Does everybody know where to go?”

With 106 facilities, during a school day - between 8:00 am until 4:00 pm - the district can claim to be the fourth largest city in South Carolina, with around 76,000 students and 10,000 employees.

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