Summer is officially in the rearview. About 195,000 students — pre-K through 12th grade — are headed to 179 Palm Beach County district-run and 48 charter schools Monday morning. This is the first opening day under Superintendent Donald Fennoy II, who landed the post in the spring. As the 2018-19 school year begins, 17 schools are starting with new principals.
Some 60,000 students will ride buses to or from school.
They will ride 805 buses – 157 of them new this year.
The drivers cover 655 routes – 17 fewer than last year.
Those buses will cover 12 million miles by year’s end.
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The cafeterias will serve more than 32 million breakfasts, lunches and even some dinners.
Breakfast is free. Lunch goes for $2.05 in elementaries and $2.30 in middle and high schools.
The new menu items include a Cuban sandwich and Taco Nacho with Fiesta Rice, which will debut in September.
IN THE CLASSROOMS
The district employs 12,900 teachers and more than 9,270 other staff.
This year’s new hires include 1,062 teachers and other instructional employees and 446 non-instructional ones.
Hidden Oaks Elementary in suburban Boynton Beach continues its expansion into the middle school years, opening a seventh grade. Grade eight will follow next year.
North Grade Elementary in Lake Worth begins the same path to K-8 beginning with sixth grade this year. And The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach starts its expansion into high school with ninth grade; another grade will follow each year.
The dual language choice program comes to North Grade K-8, LC Swain Middle and Forest Hill High. International Baccalaureate programs begin at Howell L. Watkins Middle and Palmetto and Grove Park elementaries. Palm Beach Lakes High adds a Fire Academy and opportunities to take construction courses.
Last minute changes will open school campuses to voters but not students on the day of Aug. 28 Primary Election and Nov. 6 General Election. Teachers and staff will be working.
Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day and students 16 years old or older will be able to register at any high school in the district.