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Danbury Schools Welcome Students As New Year Kicks Off

After a big hug from mom, this South Street School student heads to the first day of class in Danbury. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Monday is a big day in Danbury: The first day of school. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Smile -- it's the first day of school in Danbury. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Kids line up for the first day of school at South Street Elementary in Danbury on Monday. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The first day of school is a big deal for this whole Danbury family. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Backpack in hand, students head into South Street School in Danbury on Monday for the first day of school. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
It's a bright sunny morning on Monday as the kids head back to school in Danbury. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Kids head off the bus and into school on Monday in Danbury. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
The roofers are finishing up their project at South Street School -- but kids are still able to go to class. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A crowd gathers as kids leave the bus after their first ride of the new school year in Danbury. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Bus 57 is the first to arrive at South Street School on Monday. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

DANBURY, Conn. — Summer vacation is officially over in Danbury, with the kids heading back for the first day of school on Monday.

Students at South Street Elementary School were excited — with some arriving as early as 8:15 a.m. when class didn't start until 8:55 a.m.

The crowd of students and parents lined up at the front doors, which were opened at 8:30 a.m.

The kids were greeted by Principal Heather Pellicone, who stood outside waving to everyone and telling students who their teachers will be for the 2015-16 school year.

Some of the kids were nervous, but many rushed right in, decked out in their new clothes and carrying backpacks.

Students at South Street can expect to see some changes after a massive interior renovation. Also on Monday, construction workers were still making noise as they completed the new rooftop.

“This year we are going back a little earlier then usual, we have created new classroom space, and had a new roof put in this summer,” Pellicone told the Daily Voice.

The building's major interior changes include knocking down a wall in between old social work and special education room to make a classroom; relocating a few classrooms: changing the bathrooms; and adding new doors, Pellicone said.

A new floor was installed by the front door with tiling and carpeting was put in at other parts of the school, Pellicone said.

Rogers Park Middle School also got a new roof.

Danbury Superintendent Sal Pascarella said the district is continuing to grow, with an enrollment of 11,000 students expected this fall.

For more information on school schedules and buses, visit the website at www.danbury.k12.ct.us .

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