Students return to school on Monday



Posted on August 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 6:20 PM

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Ready or not, North Texas children go back to school on Monday.

What will the upcoming year will mean for your children? Primarily big cuts in state funding.

There are no teacher layoffs in the Fort Worth ISD, but the district did raise lunch prices in secondary schools by 15 cents.

Dallas ISD has increased class size in 6th through 12th grades and has lost more than 600 teaching positions since last year.

But the district is opening the year with four new schools built with funds from a 2008 bond program. Wilmer Hutchins Elementary, Ebby Halliday Elementary and Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy will open in Dallas, and the new George H. W. Bush Elementary School will begin operations in Addison — the town's only public school.

More than 100 Dallas ISD schools were under renovation this summer, and Sunset High School in Oak Cliff is one of them. Construction crews were still working Sunday afternoon to get the campus ready for Monday morning.

The district says Sunset passed its fire department inspection Sunday. Construction will likely continue on nights and weekends, but Sunset will open on Monday.

For students in the Wilmer-Hutchins area, a new elementary school and two repurposed middle and high schools are extra special. For the first time in years, kids will be able to go to a school in their own neighborhood.

Students will see larger class sizes in the Denton ISD, where the high school day will be 20 minutes longer.

And Keller will charge students $185 per semester to ride the bus.

Returning students will also be contending with triple-digit temperatures for the first week of school.

The Dallas ISD has set up a hotline for parents who have questions; the number is 972-925-5437 and the phone will be answered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday though Friday. Information is available in English and Spanish.