Gaston Co. Schools welcoming back students for new school year

About 30,000 filled the halls of the district’s 56 schools.
About 30,000 students across 56 schools in Gaston County started the 2022-2023 school year today.
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 4:44 PM EDT
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Students filled the halls of schools in Gaston County today for the first time in months as the 2022-23 school year started.

About 30,000 students are registered with Gaston County Schools, making it the ninth largest district in the state.

Seventh grader Emma Grace Huskins is ready for another A-plus year and to spend more time with her friends.

“I’m hoping to be able to make more friends and learn more this year,” Huskins said.

Huskins’ mother, Lisa, said she’s thankful for the district’s dedication to school safety.

All 56 schools have at least one school resource officer on campus.

“With the security guard out front and with the metal detectors and really trying to keep the kids safe,” Lisa said.

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The district is still working to fill 70 vacant teacher positions. Stacie Bell has three children in GCS and says she understands why many teachers are leaving and is thankful for the support her children are receiving.

“I know that teaching can be hard sometimes but I am glad that some have stuck it out and make sure my kids are welcomed, taught, and safe,” Bell said.

The district is starting school about a week and a half early compared to other districts in the area. According to a press release from Gaston County Schools, the decision to start earlier was made so students can wrap up first semester exams before winter break.

For more information about Gaston County Schools, click here.

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