(Geronimo) -- It's back to hitting the books for the Navarro ISD. Today marks the first day of school for students in Geronimo. Superintendent Dee Carter says the district is preparing for yet another successful school year. She says there is plenty awaiting for this growing district.
"We expect to welcome a number of new students. We have been registering really for the last couple of weeks and we anticipate probably over 100 new students which for us is a lot and we will do our best to make sure that they are comfortable and happy and get off to a great start. I would encourage parents who have questions to give us a call -- the campuses in particular because they can probably answer questions better than I can about particular or specific things. But, we want everybody to come in well prepared and ready to go," said Carter.
Carter says over the years, the first few days of school have always proven challenging for the district when it comes to traffic congestion. Carter says this year, however, the district, is hoping for better traffic flow as it officially opens its new intermediate campus just west of the elementary school. She says the location of the new campus will hopefully better streamline cars during drop-off and pick-up times.
"We are as always concerned about traffic out here and I know we will have help from the sheriff's office in managing that for the first week. But we really want to get everybody into a routine. We had explored last spring the possibility of going to a staggered start times partly as a means of reducing traffic on Link Road and State Highway 123 but we did some surveys and we discovered what we thought we knew that we would be creating a possible hardship for a lot of our families if we went to staggered start times. So we are going to keep the start times that we had last year. What we hope will help is the fact that the old intermediate school is closed and its location between the high school and the elementary school created a lot of traffic congestion in that one short area. Now, that the new school is open and we can get a lot of cars off of Link Road and onto the driveway for drop-off, we are hopeful that congestion on Link Road will be lessened," said Carter.
To add to better traffic control, Carter is suggesting that families start their day a little bit earlier if at all possible.
"But still, we want to encourage people to drop their children off early. You know sometimes between 7:35 and 7:45 or 7:50 would be ideal. That gives children time to eat breakfast and then that helps also to delay or to overcome that last minute rush from 7:50 to 8 o'clock. So I would encourage people to come a little bit earlier and help us try to alleviate the traffic congestion," said Carter.
As reported earlier, the district kicks-off the 2018-2019 school year with a brand new Navarro Intermediate Campus. The voter approved 97,000 square foot facility will house the district's fourth through sixth graders.
The first school bell on all Navarro ISD campuses will ring at 7:55 a.m. followed by the tardy bell at 8 a.m. Seguin ISD students will not return to class until Thursday.