ROANOKE, Va. — Students won't return until next week, but the school year has started for the teachers and staff of Roanoke City Schools. Monday morning, they kicked off the year with optimism, even as leaders acknowledged the challenges the school district continues to face.
The start of a new school year is a chance to reconnect. Kim Rakes is a 17- year- veteran who is moving from Monterey Elementary to Lincoln Terrace Elementary. "Wre always sad to see the summer leave," Rakes told WDBJ7, "because that's our own schedule, whatever we want to do, but it's always fun to see the kids' smiling faces when they come back."
Jess Truax teaches at the Roanoke Technical Education Center. "Also working with my colleagues and getting to see my fellow teachers and the staff members and stuff again," truax told us, "sharing what happened over the summer, and the challenges ahead of us this year."