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Parents, Students and Staff Prepare for First Day of School

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ARDMORE, OK -- Getting your kids ready for the start of a new school year is exciting. Wednesday, students at an Ardmore elementary school spent some time at their school getting enrolled. Meredith Saldana has more on the story.

There is a lot of work that goes into making sure parents, students and teachers are prepared for the upcoming school year.     

We stopped by Charles Evans Elementary for enrollment day to see what they're expecting this year.     

The summer is wrapping up for Ardmore students, they'll hit the books again on September 1st. 

Wednesday, parents were busy enrolling their children.     

It was just a few months ago that the state of Oklahoma was hit with massive budget cuts for local school districts forcing schools, like Charles Evans, to face teacher layoffs.

Principal Kristie Jessop says, "Yes, we did have some issues with that. We will have a little bit larger class sizes but we feel like we're going to still have class sizes that are very reasonable, just a few students extra per class."

And in May, the district closed the doors at Franklin Elementary because it was no longer cost efficient to maintain.     

So this year, Charles Evans will receive about 130 of the Franklin students.     

Despite the changes, parents and staff say they're excited and ready for the year.

"Seeing all the students coming in with their supplies and their big smiles and everybody's glad to see each other," says Principal Jessop.

Parent Belinda Sanders adds, "Just the kids having fun and learning more this year."

It was an especially exciting day for first year teachers like Leah Brown, who'll be teaching first grade.

"I love teaching the younger ones because they have just an excitement for learning and I love being a part of you know the process of them learning how to read and do math facts," says Brown.

Principal Jessop says the biggest challenge they're facing, is getting everyone into the school routine again.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News