Monday was the first day of the 2013-14 school year for students in the Recovery School District (RSD), and RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard kicked it off by visiting several schools, welcoming back students, faculty and staff.
Dobard said except for a few minor transportation issues, the opening day went very well.
He said first-day attendance in New Orleans was "pretty good", and he was waiting to get the final tally for the day.
The turnout in Baton Rouge was "excellent" at the elementary schools but lower than they had hoped for at a couple of the middle schools, but that's typical on the first day of school, Dobard said.
Dobard added overall the people he met with at the schools he visited expressed optimism about the new school year.
"Parents have been very optimistic that their children are going to have a really good year. Students have expressed how they're looking forward to getting off to a good start and really just trying to improve upon those things that they learned last year," Dobard said.