(09/03/13) - It was a day full of new experiences for students who attended the former Buena Vista School District.
BV shut down this summer after funding problems, and students were placed in surrounding schools.
Superintendents from Saginaw and Bridgeport-Spaulding Schools are expecting the majority of Buena Vista students. They say Tuesday was a smooth day, but there are many more students who still need to enroll.
"The first day of school is always exciting," said Gloria Rubis, Bridgeport-Spaulding superintendent.
This year is busier than usual for Rubis.
"We've had people enrolling and registering since 7 o'clock this morning," she said.
The district is anticipating 135 new students from Buena Vista.
"And I don't know if we've gotten all of those students, if they've chosen Bridgeport or another district," Rubis said.
Teachers and students in Saginaw Public Schools hit the ground running.
"The energy is great," said Sherie Turner-Daniel, Jessie Loomis principal.
The district is preparing for about 260 BV students.
Superintendent Carlton Jenkins says they've also taken in a number of students from out of state.
"I had some people from Louisiana today, some from Memphis, Tennessee," he said.
At Jessie Loomis, additional kindergarten and fifth grade classes were created to prepare for the influx of new kids.
"We wanted to make sure the classrooms weren't too full," Daniel said.
There is still lots of room to fill.
"We still have some students who haven't shown up for the first day," Jenkins said.
Both districts are urging parents not to waste time.
"Please come and register at the schools," Rubis said.
"Every day, every week, every month matters so that we can do the best that we can to make sure students have maximum learning opportunities," Jenkins said.
Saginaw Schools are placing students right in the classroom once they enroll. Bridgeport administrators say it may take a day to get students' schedules together after enrollment.
Frankenmuth is also on the list to receive BV students.
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