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Metro Prepared For First Day Of School

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- On Wednesday, Metro expects to welcome 81,000 students back to school.

"One of the resources I have no control over is time," Thomas Hatfield, Metro Schools Director of Plant Maintenance and Operation Services, said. "We have what we have."

There are no more days left.

"We're down to hours and those hours and minutes are clicking away," he said.

Each minute seems like it's just flying by.

"I've been here about 38 years and this is the shortest summer," Hatfield added. "Typically we begin planning our summer schedule actually in April."

Metro Schools is starting two weeks earlier than usual. The change is giving everyone from maintenance crews, to teachers and staff less time to prepare.

"Our crews have been working, some of them for five to six weeks, ten to twelve hours a day and some even 14 hours a day."

"Today teachers are making sure classrooms are set up…that they have enough desks…that we have materials that kids need," Dr. Jill Pittman, Principal of Overton High School's Academy of Information Technology explained. "So lots of excitement and anticipation to get the new school year started."

In due time the quiet hallways at Overton High School will be filled with more than 1,700 students.

"We all get to a point where we say just bring the kids on and let's get the school year started and that's where we are now," Pittman added.

"Anytime the children come back I'm excited," Hatfield said. "It don't let up, but I'm excited."

Students across the Midstate will be heading back to the classroom within the next two weeks. We would like to share your first day of school pictures. Please send them to my5@NewsChannel5.com. Please include only your child's first name, grade and school they're attending.

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