“Overall, we had a very positive day,” she said, noting the amount of effort that goes into starting the year. “There are a lot of people deserving of credit for the work they do to make sure we are ready for the start of school. If you know someone who works or volunteers for the district, please take a moment to thank them for their role in making this day the best it can be for our students.”
Student transportation is working out some issues, but Stewart assured that was normal.
“It is not abnormal to have buses run a little later than normal during the first few days,” she said.” The drivers need to take more time to double check student rosters, pick-up locations and drop-off locations. We are purposeful in starting with a three-day student week, as there are a lot of fine details to work out with an enrollment of 4000 students across close to 800 square miles.”
Beaty-Warren Middle School, due to its location, is a perennial concern.
“The traffic at Beaty was typical of a first day of school with many parents dropping off students at the bus ramp,” Stewart said. “We encourage parents to drop off near the school instead of at the school. This helps all traffic move more efficiently on Conewango and Third.”
This was the first year Sheffield Area High School students are attending core classes in Warren. “The contractor transporting Sheffield students to Warren Area High School is making adjustments tomorrow, as the bus was running late today,” Steward noted. “As I stated to the board at the board meeting on Monday, it is going to take a little time to be able to articulate how things are going with this change.”
In June, the district approved busing Sheffield Area High School students to Warren Area High School during the morning for core science, math and English courses, which are no longer being offered in Sheffield. Students return to Sheffield in the afternoon for social studies and electives. Core social studies courses are still being offered at SAHS in the afternoon.
Because they will spend more than 50% of their educational time in Sheffield, students attending Warren in the morning will formally remain students of Sheffield Area High School for purposes of class rank, graduation, athletics and other activities.
Students also have the option of taking classes through the district’s virtual academy program online and attending the Warren County Career Center. Those who attend the Warren County Career Center are considered Sheffield students.