Head Start centers kick off first day of new school year

Hundreds of St. Mary Community Action Agency Head Start parents spent a week for the first day of school at the agency’s 15 Head Start Centers in St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes.

Head Start Center teachers greeted happy smiling children Thursday on the first day school.

Almetra J. Franklin, St. Mary CAA Chief Executive Officer said the first day of school went well as all of the centers were full, and she anticipates a great year. “We had great attendance and I give credit to our staff for handling any issues that arose in a timely professional manner,” Franklin said.

One of the areas where school and transportation staff are working to smooth out any concerns is the new bus routes that went into effect this school year. “High fuel costs are always a concern for this agency,” Franklin said. “In an effort to reduce those costs and streamline our operations, we have changed the routes in order to become more efficient and effective,” she added.

Franklin asked parents for their patience as bus drivers work to familiarize themselves with the changes – thus making it easier for parents.

Prior to the start of school, Head Start parents throughout St. Mary and Vermilion parishes attended a mandatory orientation to meet their child’s new teachers and to get an overview of the agency’s policies and procedures.

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