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A New School Year Begins in Forsyth County

Dr. L.C. (Buster) Evans, Forsyth County Schools' superintendent, delivers his 'Back to School Message' for the 2012-13 school year.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, Forsyth County Schools (FCS) is projected to welcome more than 38,000 students to the district’s 36 schools for the first day of the 2012-13 school year.

But before the first day of school arrives take a peek at Dr. L.C. (Buster) Evans 'Back to School Message' as he enters his sixth year as FCS superintendent.

One of the highlights of Dr. Evans video message is the introduction of "Positively Forsyth" a committee made up of a group of FCS employees from various schools and departments during the 2011-12 school year.

According to the FCS website, "This committee's task was to define FCS' culture and customer service to make it the BEST school district in the universe! The Positively Forsyth committee reviewed exemplar culture and customer service models from service, travel, entertainment and retail businesses, and held a mirror up to FCS in relation to these standards." Read more about "Positively Forsyth" in the PDF file to the right.

In addition, Dr. Evans writes in the 2012-13 State of the Schools, "One of our top priorities is to continue to raise the bar so students gain the skills they will need to compete in an economy that runs on information and demands vision and innovation. Keeping pace with technology is a focus of our staff."

"Although the district is again faced with reduced local and state funding that has led to unprecedented budget challenges, through shared commitment, thoughtful planning and a strong accountability system, we will continue to offer the extraordinary educational programs that this community has come to know."

Other first day of school highlights include the opening of the new Kelly Mill Elementary School, and featured speaker Kyle Maynard, the first quadruple amputee to reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro without assistance, at from 8:45 a.m. to noon.

“With special guest Kyle Maynard we have an opportunity for the school to come together to be motivated and inspired, setting a strong tone for the year,” said Beth Hebert, NFHS principal.

Also, FCS reminds you that nearly two-thirds of students in the county school system will be riding a yellow school bus. Those 288 buses, together with more than 4,000 FCS employees and thousands of parents, will cause increased traffic congestion on area roadways.

Protecting students on the way to and from school continues to be the first priority for FCS. Please expect transportation delays during the first couple of weeks of school as students, parents, school system employees and motorists develop a safe routine for picking up and delivering our students in the morning and afternoon.

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