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Lee County welcomes students back to school

The Lee County School System officially began its 2013-14 school year Friday, with more than 6,300 students returning to school. Superintendent Larry Walters said the opening of a new elementary school allowed a second middle school to come online and relieve crowding in the district. (Aug. 9, 2013)

The Lee County School System officially began its 2013-14 school year Friday, with more than 6,300 students returning to school. Superintendent Larry Walters said the opening of a new elementary school allowed a second middle school to come online and relieve crowding in the district. (Aug. 9, 2013)

LEESBURG, Ga. -- The Lee County School System officially on Friday opened the doors of the new $14 million Lee County Elementary School and a second middle school, which will help ease crowding of the growing six-school district.

Earlier this week, Lee Superintendent Larry Walters said he expected the system to welcome more than 6,300 students to the first day of the 2013-14 school year.

The system's new school zones also went into effect, splitting the county into east and west zones, with three schools in each.

"All in all it was a good first day," Walters said. "Our students seemed excited to be back in school. I saw some good teaching going on in the classrooms, and am looking forward to a good school year."

The opening of the new elementary school on Lover's Lane Road allowed a second middle school to come online and relieve the crowding from having just one middle school.

"The middle school split has been smooth," Walters said. "The opening of the new school was also good."