It's back to school today for Joplin's elementary, and middle school students. As the new school year starts up, things can get a little hectic as students make their way back to class. Joplin Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff says so far, things having been going pretty smooth, but their have been a few hang-ups. He tells News Talk KZRG about the biggest challenge they faced this morning.
"Transportation is always the biggest hang-up, so I have no doubt that there's transportation issues as bus drivers get used to new routes, and kids get used to getting out of bed in the morning, and showing up at the bus stops."
At Joplin's Cecil Floyd Elementary, Principal Gayle Hennessey said it was great seeing all of her students return.
"It's been smiles and hugs; a few little tears as parents leave their kindergarten children, but they're all very excited."
And for all of those new kindergarteners, they'll be getting their picture taken with Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff to remember their first day of school.
As for the high school, construction and occupancy permit problems for the gym has delayed the start of school until next Tuesday. Superintendent Huff says he's confident the school will be ready next week.
"The high school is coming along well. They got a lot done over the weekend. Today teachers are at the school going through safety training, and getting used to the building."
Joplin High will host an open house this Thursday night for parents and students.