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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The first day of a new school year is in the books. Thousands of students from Huntsville, Madison and Madison County returned to class Tuesday.

All three systems made some changes from the previous year. However, the greatest adjustments took place in the Madison County system.

For the 2014-15 school year, the county system moved to staggered start times. Younger students now report to class at 7:45 a.m. Older students begin their day at 8:30 a.m.

The switch has allowed the system to double its bus routes. It’s hoped that will reduce bus overcrowding and the length of time students spend going to and from school.

Madison County also debuted its newest school Tuesday, Moores Mill Intermediate. Approximately 625 students in fourth through sixth grade attend the new campus. Meanwhile, Madison County Elementary received a new academic wing.

With so many changes, administrators know there are bound to be some issues. If parents have a problem, they’re encouraged to first speak with their children’s teacher or principal.

If the problem can’t be resolved within the school, they should contact the central office at (256) 852-2557.