Jasper County School District teachers and staff kicked off the 2017 - 2018 school year Wednesday with a convocation ceremony.
This is superintendent Donald Andrews' second year in the position. This year, he has pledged to continue to lower class sizes, expand one-to-one technology, and create more parent support groups.
Right now, the average class size for kindergarten through 8th grade is one teacher for every 20 students, lower than the state average at one-to-24.
The biggest change this year is school start and dismissal times.
For elementary schools, students will start at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
For middle and high schools, students will start at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:45 p.m.
"We had children on buses for a long period of time. We had double routes a lot as well, which meant a lot of students had to wait for that second route. So, we felt like overall that we would benefit from that, and it was a little bit of a cost-savings there too," Andrews said.
Jasper County students will head back to class August 17.
Parents can click here for more information about area bus routes.