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      CCSD officials mark start of new school year

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The school bell soon will be ringing for thousands of students in the Lowcountry with Charleston County's first day on Monday.

      Charleston County School District leaders held their annual back to school press conference on Thursday at the brand new Harbor View Elementary, one of the three new schools opening this Fall

      "It's a big event for us every year, opening day," said CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy McGinley.

      Over the summer, McGinley says the district hired 350 new teachers, 10 new principals, and has been putting the finishing touches on three new schools -- Harbor View, Sullivan's Island Elementary, and the Center for Advanced Studies at Wando.

      "As we embark on the new school year, whether you are a partner or a parent or staff member, we appreciate you," McGinley said. "We believe the best thing a parent can do is to stay involved in their child's education whether they are in high school, middle school, or kindergarten we need you as partners."

      School officials say that the big yellow buses are gassed up and ready to go for day one of school starting.

      "We don't see a problem with the number of buses we are going to have going into the school year," said Bill Lewis, the chief operating officer for CCSD Capital Programs.

      CCSD parents are asked to call the Parent Helpline with any questions until Aug. 20 at 843-937-6366. For transportation question, parents are asked to call the CCSD Transportation Helpline at 843-725-3170.

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