Teachers Prepare Classrooms For First Day Of School

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - School teachers across north Alabama finished last-minute classroom preparations on Sunday, just hours before summer break ended and the first day of school began.

The new school year begins Monday morning across the state of Alabama, and for many teachers, the first day can't come soon enough. Several teachers at Horizon Elementary in Madison spent Sunday afternoon stocking up on classroom supplies and setting up visual learning displays.

Madison City Schools is Alabama's fastest growing school district, with some teachers seeing an increase in class size of anywhere between two and five students from last year to now. Horizon third grade teacher Sonya Williams said the rapid growth makes classroom organization all the more essential.

"I just want to make sure everything is set up right for tomorrow," said Williams, a nine-year teaching veteran. "Class sizes are a little bit bigger, but it's not anything we can't handle right now, and it's still a workable number... The first day of school is always filled with excitement and anticipation on the students' end, and also on the teachers' end."

A new law that was recently passed by the Alabama legislature mandates that public schools can start no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day. Many north Alabama school districts had started as early as the first week in August in recent years, but the change meant children received a few extra weeks of summer vacation in 2012.