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Back to school for area students

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — School is back in session.

The first day for students in the Jefferson County Schools and Trussville City Schools systems is Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Students across Clay, Pinson and Trussville will fill the hallways and classrooms Wednesday. New Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Craig Pouncey spoke to new teachers at their orientation session July 28. 

Pouncey told them this: “Children who are loved at home come to school to learn. Children who are not, come to school to be loved.” Jefferson County expected to have 36,500 students and 4,600 professionals across its 56 schools Wednesday.

The day will mark an anniversary for Trussville City Schools. This school year is the 10th anniversary of Trussville City Schools forming its own school system.

“As we complete 10 years of service this year, we will look back and celebrate many successes of our past and welcome progress, growth and new challenges as we look forward to the future,” Superintendent Pattie Neill said in the school system’s newsletter.

Neill welcomed all teachers, coaches, administrators and staff members, returning and new.

“Student success would not be possible without the dedication of our talented faculty and staff who work with students each day to teach lesson content and serve as role models for good character, team work, patience, determination and professionalism,” Neill said.

Neill said the school system is “more committed than ever to instill excellence in every academic, athletic and extra-curricular program.” She said she was honored to serve as superintendent during this “special year of reflection, renewal and celebration.”

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