Aug 19, 2013 3:41 PM by Maddie Garrett
It's the first day back to school for Colorado Springs's largest district, D-11. And the first day of school came with some big changes, after the school board decided to close three schools last year due to declining enrollment and budget cuts. Today many students are getting used to their new surroundings.
Jackson Elementary welcomed more than a hundred new students who transferred from Lincoln and Bates elementaries, two of the schools that closed. School leaders said they've worked all summer to make enough room for the new students, and to make sure they feel welcome.
"My first priority is for them to feel comfortable, I mean I'm not going to be able to teach them anything until they feel comfortable and I have a relationship with them and that's my first priority is getting them to know they're in a safe place," said Jackson Elementary teacher Katie Harms.
Students who went to Wasson High School are now being integrated into Coronado, Doherty, Mitchell and Palmer high schools.
The first day back is always exciting for students, their parents and teachers, and despite the changes D-11 said today was no different.