Teachers prepare for new year in front of classroom

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County School District teacher Amy Bostwick compares the first day of school to Christmas morning.

"You still get butterflies for the first day of school," Bostwick says.  "I've even talked to the other teachers that I work with and we all can't sleep the night before."

Bostwick, a seventh grade teacher at Ashley Rivers Creative Arts Elementary School, joined other new teachers at an orientation on Wednesday afternoon.  The first day of school for students in CCSD will be Wednesday, August 21st.

CCSD Superintendent Nancy McGinley, Ph.D, says several schools, including Memminger Elementary, Charleston Progressive Academy and Buist Academy will move into their permanent renovated buildings in downtown Charleston for the start of the new school year.  James Simons Elementary School will be ready nine weeks into the semester, McGinley says.

"The changes in buildings are absolutely positive," McGinley says.  "[They are] state-of-the-art buildings for the community to appreciate and they'll value for decades to come."

Students in the Berkeley County School District, Dorchester District 2 and Dorchester District 4 will return to school on Monday, August 19th.

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