School year starts for kids in Orange, Lake, other districts
August 24, 2011, 1:42 am
It’s that time again, classes began Monday in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Volusia counties. Seminole and some private schools started last week or earlier. In Orange County alone, more than 180,000 students, from pre-kindergarten to high school seniors, started classes. The growing Orange district is also opening Forsyth Woods Elementary east of Semoran, and Lake Nona Middle School near Lake Nona High. Summit Charter School, which is facing a school board vote Tuesday on whether to keep it open, has pushed back its first day of classes to August 29. It was locked and empty Monday.
In Lake County about 40,000 students started school at the district’s 44 campuses. The biggest changes were at Lake Minneola High School, the district’s only new school. The $40 million campus, which opened to about 1,400 students from the overcrowded South Lake and East Ridge high schools, issued iPads to all students in lieu of books. No traffic accidents were reported, despite concerns for the safety of walkers.