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Warren County students return to class Monday

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — It is time for students to bid farewell to the pool, put up their toys and go to bed early, as the 2016 school year arrives on Monday.

Many different faces will be wandering the halls, as 55 new teachers have been hired. About eight of the new teachers graduated from Warren County or Skyline High School.

"It seemed like just a really good, solid group of folks," School Superintendent Greg Drescher said.

New faces will also be in the front offices. There are four new principals taking the helms, including Danelle Sperling at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School, Nicole Jensen at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School, Doris Dean at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School and Lori Layman at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School.

The beginning of the school year is busy for the transportation department, as there are bugs to work out with busses and routes, Drescher said. Parents and students are encouraged to remain
patient.

"Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated," he said.

Teachers are looking forward to meeting their new students. Preschool is a special time for children because it is their introduction to school, said E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School teacher Virginia McKinnon.

"We're excited for new families to start their school experience," McKinnon said.

E. Wilson Morrison Kindergarten teacher Lori Crowder's plans for the first week include allowing students to get to know each other and lessons on "how to be good Bobcats." She is most looking forward to meeting and learning about the new students.

Students are also excited to get back to school, according to School Board member James Wells.

"There was a time when we didn't want to go back at the end of the summer. But most of the students I've talked to are just chomping at the bits — wanting to graduate or other students who want to get back and meet their friends," Wells said.

The school system is making sure students have enough energy to learn by providing free or reduced-price meals to children. Household size and income determine
eligibility.

The maximum income to qualify for free meals is $20,826 for a two-person household and $26,208 for a household of three.

The income limit for reduced-price meals for a household of two is between $20,826.01 and $29,637. Each school and nutrition center has a copy of the free or reduced-price meal policies with a list of income limits for household of up to eight people.

Application forms are available at school principals' offices and in the central office. Only one application is necessary per household, and can be submitted any time during the school year.



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