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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Summer vacation is officially over for many students who went back to school Monday.

Thomasville and Thomas County schools began their new school year with several exciting changes.

Both school systems underwent important campus improvements during the summer which mean big changes for students, teachers, and parents this year.

Monday marked the beginning of another school year in Thomas County.

"My 9-year old was pretty happy to go and got up and got all ready and was excited," says Scott Blanton, a parent. "My youngest was not so much. He was not ready to get back into a routine."

"I didn't see too many tears," adds Thomasville City Schools Superintendent, Sabrina Boykins-Everett. "I think I saw more parents with separation anxiety than children."

Officials say this school year will be quite different from last year. Several schools underwent construction using state bonds awarded during the summer. One of those schools, Scott Elementary, added three brand new classrooms specifically for pre-kindergarten.

But officials say campus improvement isn't the only reason their school systems are thriving.

"I would be a pretty pitiful superintendent if I didn't brag about the wonderful staff, families, and community support that we have," says Boykins-Everett.

Thomasville's magnet school, the Scholar's Academy, is also working on its P.R.E.P. Academy. It's a program that helps students get a head start on college.

"We just had our second group of graduates with associate degrees and look forward to the next group to come along," Boykins-Everett explains.

One of the biggest changes is the implementation of a million-dollar e-textbook program at the high school level.

"So many students will have a very new way to take advantage of technology other than their iPods and iPhones and it will really be something directly tied to academics," Boykins-Everett points out.

Blanton adds, "I think it will be great. It'll be different but yeah, it's the way it's going."

And parents are thrilled that Thomas County is building solid foundations to help their children prepare for the future.

Officials say because of the strides they take in improving their school systems, more people are moving to Thomasville to take advantage of education opportunities.

All the city schools have seen high increases in their enrollment rates since last year.

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