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Schools prep for first day back

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(08/30/12) - Mid-Michigan students are days away from beginning a new school year.

In Flint, there are quite a few changes when classes resume. Seventh and eighth grade students are now in the high schools and two elementary schools closed.

ABC12 News stopped by Durant Tuuri Mott on University, also known as DTM. Teachers there were busy putting the final touches on their classrooms, ready to welcome students next Tuesday.

It's been a busy summer for DTM as they prepare for a new school year. They could see up to 120 new students spread out across several grade levels. That's because a budget shortfall forced the district to close two elementary schools.

During break, part of the school received all new lights and ceilings tiles. The parking lot also got a face lift.

Stephanie Elder taught at Summerfield Elementary, which is now closed. She, like many of her own students, are starting new at DTM.

"It was the only school I ever worked at for 17 years, but when I came here, everyone is super friendly, love this room, love the wood floors. I am excited that some of my Summerfield kids are here too."

Southwestern Academy was busy Thursday with parents enrolling kids. Parents said their middle school age children are worried about going to school with high school students.

"They're kinda nervous because they will be going to school with bigger kids now," said Robbie Johnson. 

"I think he's ready, it's better opportunity for him, Southwestern is a good school, my brother graduated from here. I like it, I'm pretty sure he will too," said Princess Parker.

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