Posted September 8, 2009 | comments Leave a comment

*Shenandoah schools open with no major hitches

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

(4:15 p.m.) WOODSTOCK -- Shenandoah County Public Schools became the last northern Shenandoah Valley school division to open its doors to students Tuesday.

Attendance numbers will not be available until Wednesday morning.

"This [opening] has definitely been easiest of all," Superintendent Keith Rowland said Tuesday afternoon. "There were no major issues with transportation. Last year, we changed some routes to save money and that created some problems for us. This year, there were no major changes to that.

"It's just been a great day."

At Ashby-Lee Elementary School, there were tears to start the day and hugs to end it.

"It's always exciting," said Julie Sherrill, who received a hug from her granddaughter Hannah, a kindergarten student. "It's a little bit sad that first day, too, but exciting still."

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