Ardmore students head back to class Thursday morning

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Hundred of students walked through the doors of school buildings all around Ardmore Thursday morning to begin the 2019-2020 school year.

One of those buildings was Will Rogers Elementary, which now has one of the largest number of students in recent years.

School superintendent Kim Holland said Will Rogers, which hosts kindergarten and Pre-K, had about 270 students when he took the superintendent job in 2016.

The number of students this year at Will Rogers is 420, a definite sign of growth.

"The group over there is doing a great job," Holland said. "Parents are wanting to place their children there knowing they will get a good start to their education, be cared for. We're excited to have the numbers."

Holland said the school district has goals to increase student attendance and raise math scores this year.

The district is using a new math curriculum called Everyday Math for grades kindergarten through 5th.

Destiny and her mother, Shannon McGee, were headed to school at Lincoln Elementary for Destiny's first day of first grade.

Destiny said one of her favorite subjects was math.

Destiny said she is also looking forward to playing on the swings at recess.

"I can't wait to make new friends," she said.

"This year she's in first grade so we're at Lincoln," McGee said. "This is my Alma mater with my sisters. We're really excited about it and hope it's a good experience."

Holland said the district is working on increasing safety measures, improving its gifted student program and continuing to grow the fine arts.

The district hopes to break ground on the new performing arts center in October, which will take about 27 months to complete.

The construction of a new gym and auditorium combination at Jefferson Elementary is expected to be completed next summer.

"We have a lot of things going on," Holland said. "That's kind of our motto. 'One team, one mission.' Our mission is to help our kids be successful no matter what."

Drivers need to be sure to slow down in school zones and stop for school buses dropping off or picking up kids.