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Staff excited as classes resume in Ardmore

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A construction project continues at Jefferson Elementary School in Ardmore. (KTEN) A construction project continues at Jefferson Elementary School in Ardmore. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Thursday marked the first day of the 2019-20 school year for students in Ardmore, and changes are coming to the district that has an enrollment of about 3,100.

Ardmore finds itself on the fortunate side of Oklahoma's teacher shortage. As a result, the high school will be welcoming new teachers to its staff.

"We hired a lot of new people this year; new teachers who came in and they're very enthusiastic and they're ready to go to work," Ardmore High School principal James Meece said.

The district also partnered with the University of Oklahoma to bring a new math program to elementary students.

"Teach things in a way that kids will understand them, and adjusting the curriculum for different learning styles," Ardmore City Schools Superintendent Kim Holland said. "We're pretty fired up about that."

A construction project at the Jefferson Elementary campus will continue during the year, but it's all hands on deck to make sure students stay safe getting to and from school.

"Ms. Antoine and her entire staff are out there helping to get kids into cars and so forth," Holland said. "It looks like an FBI operation over there!"

There's really only one word to describe the faculty's attitude to the start of school.

"We're excited," Holland said. "It's always fun when you can get through with all the in-service stuff and have the kids here and do what you were called to do. We're looking forward to having our kids here."

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