Carroll students return to school

As students filed into Charles Carroll Elementary School Monday for the first day of school, some of their reactions seemed related to their grade level.

A number of older students almost seemed to sulk as they entered the building, giving the impression that   they weren't happy about the end of summer vacation. A number of the younger students smiled and enthusiastically high-fived physical education teacher Brett Ecker.

"That's the best part, the exhiliration of seeing new students," Ecker said of the first day of school.

More than 27,000 students returned to school in Carroll County for the first day of classes Monday.

As of 10 a.m. there were no reports of any hiccups to the start of the school year, according to Carroll County Public Schools spokeswoman Carey Gaddis.

"So far, it's been a very smooth opening," she said.

Ecker and a handful of teachers and administrators welcomed Charles Carroll students back to school, greeting them as soon as the exited the bus.

Ecker, in his first year at Charles Carroll, wasn't the only new staff member outside the building greeting students.

Becky DuPree is in her first year as principal at Charles Carroll, the county's oldest elementary school, after serving as assistant principal at Taneytown Elementary School last year.

"Just seeing the kids faces," DuPree said of her favorite aspect of the first day of school. "There's excitement in the air."

Karen Marks, the media specialist at Charles Carroll, said the staff is excited to have DuPree leading the school as they look to build off their successes from last year.

"We're all expecting a wonderful year," she said.

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