PARKERSBURG - Wood County's 27 schools are ready to host their approximately 13,200 students for the start of the 2013-2014 school year today.
"We should be ready to go," Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law said. "The buses should be polished and cleaned. We are excited to get started."
Law said officials did last-minute assessments of schools Wednesday morning.
"We feel like we are in pretty good shape," he said.
At least five new principals will open the year at McKinley Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Lubeck Elementary, Neale Elementary and Worthington Elementary. Former principal Rosemary Stull will greet students at Martin Elementary.
"We felt like we have had good candidates for all the positions we have filled," Law said. "Good candidates in the teacher ranks as well."
Judy Johnson, director of curriculum and instruction, said about 77 new teachers will greet students as Wood County Schools opens its doors this morning.
Mike Fling, assistant superintendent of Wood County Schools, said projects that started over summer break have nearly all been wrapped up.
The HVAC work in the ceiling of the auditorium at Parkersburg South High School will continue until early October. Fling said rain has delayed completion of work on the roof at Williamstown, but it shouldn't disrupt classes.
Several Wood County schools have held an open house or back-to-school rally for students and parents over the last few days.
Mineral Wells Elementary, Blennerhassett Middle School, Emerson Elementary, Lubeck Elementary, Kanawha Elementary, Gihon Elementary, Edison Middle School and Neale School had events Tuesday.
Madison Elementary, Vienna Elementary, Waverly Elementary and Williamstown Elementary held events Wednesday night.
Law said central office staff members will be out throughout the county this morning greeting students and parents as they come in.
"It's always fun to see kids come in that first day, particularly the little ones," he said.