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Pike Liberal Arts School opened its doors for the 2019-2020 school year at 8 a.m. Thursday. For some students, it was the first day of their first year of school. For others, it was the first day of their last year of school.

But either way, there were no sad faces at PLAS Thursday morning.

“Everyone seems excited and eager to be back at school,” said Angie Grice, assistant headmaster. “We welcome our students back to PLAS and those who are new to our school. Our enrollment is up from last year and we are looking forward to a great schoolyear.”

Grice said PLAS is always looking for new ways and innovative ideas that will benefit its students.

“We are excited to offer dual enrollment to our students this year and to welcome a new counselor,” Grice said. “Headmaster Eric Burkett has made several changes on campus in order for Pike Liberal Arts School to be the best school it can be and in every way.”

Lia Sunday, kindergarten teacher, was busy welcoming her students in the early morning. However, in a short time, most students had left for home to enjoy the waning moments of their summer vacation. Sunday was happily welcoming students to her room who wanted to stay and get a head start on the fun of being back in school.

Meanwhile at Troy Elementary School, Aundrea McClendon was telling her first grade students the story of a monster who came to school and threw toys, pushed other kids and generally misbehaved.

But when the monster was told the rules, he began to behave and joined the other children in the fun.

“Now we don’t want any monsters in here do we?” She asked the class, who responded with a resounding “no.”

Dr. Lee Hicks, superintendent of Troy City Schools, said it was good to see the students back for a new year.

“I think everybody is excited about this upcoming school year,” Hicks said. “It’s always good to see things are working well. The teachers worked very hard during the summer, as did the administrators. I think it has all paid off; we had a good first day, traffic flow was working very well. There are always little hiccups here and there, but it was an outstanding day.”

Students also returned to New Life Christian Academy Thursday to begin classes and enjoyed seeing their friends and teachers.