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August 6, 2008

Albany, GA -- As you may have noticed, school buses were out in full force Wednesday morning as more than 16,000 students began their first day of classes at Dougherty County schools.

At Northside Elementary in Albany, nearly 500 K - 5th graders made their way to class. Principal Dr. Angela Schumate says it's important from day one to help students and parents get adjusted to the new school year.

"First of all, we just get excited about it and then we go prepare those classrooms for the little ones. And then, on the first day of school, we have monitors stationed everywhere, especially for our little kindergarteners and 1st through 2nd grades. What we do is just show them a lot of love," says Schumate.

Northside was one of sixteen elementary schools with a new start time - beginning at 8 a.m. and letting out at 2:30.