First day of school for Jackson County students

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Thursday was the first day of school for several counties in our area and Jackson County was just one of those districts that welcomed students back for a new year.

Superintendent Larry Moore said the day went smoothly for almost all Jackson County teachers and students.

He had the chance to visit several schools to see how things were going, and he said it looks like it's going to be a great year.

He said one problem they face every year is making sure all 80 bus routes are correct.

"That's a typical thing that we have to work through, but we're working through it and looking forward to the school year," Moore said.

He said an ongoing challenge they're facing is declining enrollment numbers. The Jackson County school system lost almost 100 students going into this new school year.

"We're projected to lose between seven and eight hundred students over the next 10 years," Moore said. "Jackson County has been in a declining enrollment situation for several years and that's continuing."

Moore said the decline is likely due to economic development. He said people are moving out of Jackson County and taking their children to other districts.

However, he said he looks forward to the day when enrollment will once again be on the rise.