Today is Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Setterlund met with teachers this past Friday to discuss a theme for the year. Our theme is LEGO Lets Expect Great Outcomes. To get that, LEGOs motto is only the best is good enough. We are expecting great and wonderful things, he added.

Teachers worked last week on Common Core training, setting up their classrooms and arranging first week lesson plans.

Both teachers and students will be adapting to the change in school start time this year at five Wilson County Schools, including Lebanon High School, Tuckers Crossroads, Carroll Oakland, Watertown Elementary and Watertown High Schools. LHS, WHS and Watertown Elementary will begin at 7:20 a.m. TXR and Carroll Oakland will begin at 7:45 a.m.

These changes are part of the overall new traffic plan for LHS, to help alleviate traffic concerns on South Hartmann Drive on weekday mornings.

A change of schedule has also been announced for West Elementary in Mt. Juliet for Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2 due to ongoing construction. Setterlund said that all students, except for those in kindergarten, will have an abbreviated day from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. Kindergarten students will not attend school until Monday, Aug. 5, and will be personally contacted by their teachers prior to Aug. 1.

We felt it was important for them to start on the first day of school and at least have the opportunity to meet their teachers, Setterlund said.

Buses will run on Thursday and Friday. Due to the ongoing exterior construction and limited parking space, parents are temporarily asked to either use the bus service or to drop off their child, or children, using the car rider lanes.

West Elementary faculty and staff are aware that some children are more at ease being accompanied by their parents on the first few days. Parents who wish to accompany their child into the building may choose to wait and start school on Monday, Aug. 5.

Wilson County Schools is thrilled with our new addition at West, Setterlund said. We are making plans to have an Open House in the near future so that everyone can celebrate our newly renovated school.Total enrollment in Wilson County Schools is up 706 from last year with LHS leading the pack with an additional 206 students enrolled. New bus schedules have also been listed on

Lebanon Special School District Director Scott Benson said that they had a successful first day of school on Monday. All of our principals reported a successful first day, he said of the systems six schools.

We have fewer students enrolled in elementary schools this year and a few more in middle school from last year. Normally it takes a week or so for enrollment to level out, Benson added.

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