Keene Central School is preparing students and faculty for the first day of the 2011-12 school year Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Teachers at the school were preparing for the school year with work days planned for Sept. 1 and Sept. 6, while the school hosted a Fall Into Place night on Thursday, Sept. 1, with an open house for students in kindergarten through sixth-grade and an orientation for the older students, along with a picnic. The events begin at 6 p.m. As of press time, the Sept. 1 events were still expected to take place; however, due to the washed-out roads and bridges in town during the Sunday storm, school officials said it was possible they could be canceled.
For the opening day of school, superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston said that there will be a abbreviated morning schedule for students.
“This will allow for a meeting with the students on the first day of school,” Ford-Johnston said.
Ford-Johnston said that, with most schools, they will be working hard with students on the new state standards.
“It is a busy year for us,” she said. “We have the new core standards to implement in the classroom. Overall, we are looking for a strong and happy year.”
Students will also get a chance to meet a few new faces on the KCS faculty.
Brian LaValley will be the technology teacher at the school, while Jessica Meeks will teach special education and Stephen McFadden will be a long-term substitute in Biology to fill in for a leave.