Thousands of Sussex County schoolchildren will head back to the classroom during the first week of September as schools reopen for the 2018-2019 school year. While summer zipped by, local school officials were busy putting final touches on new programs and shining up school hallways and classrooms in preparation for the students’ return.

Although most local districts had to deal with the unpleasant surprise of unexpected cuts in state school funding, local school officials are looking forward to a new school year with great anticipation. Makerspaces, Chromebooks, increases in security and new and enhanced programs are among the changes students will see as they return to class.

Here is a sample what’s new or updated for the upcoming school year. Local school districts that were unable to meet the deadline for this section and have additional back-to-school news should contact Kathy Stevens at

According to Principal Cindy Mizelle, Andover is launching a new math program, district-wide, in grades K-8 called Eureka Math. Eureka not only focuses on the process for solving real world problems, but also teaches students how to think about problem solving conceptually so they become fluent in math.

A district math night will be held to introduce parents to the new program. In the Long Pond School, academic classrooms will have a class set of Chromebooks. Read more from…

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