SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The fall-like weather Wednesday morning made for perfect conditions for the start of school for a local school district, but it felt more like Hollywood at one school.
Teachers and staff at Hebron Middle School went all out to create a red carpet entrance for each of its nearly 500 students, who started school Wednesday, August 10.
The red carpet, roped off areas, high fives, and cheers all made it seem like Hollywood, with the paparazzi on hand. But in reality, the paparazzi would actually be teachers and the star-studded event would actually be student-studded for the first day of classes for the 2011-2012 school year.
An early-morning assembly inside the school gym featured more cheering, and even the principal singing the National Anthem.
A smoke machine perhaps clouds the motive behind the party-like atmosphere.
"Our goal for all of our students is that we want them to cry at the end of the day when its time to go home and jump out of the bed and run here in the morning because they want to be here," said Hebron Middle School Principal Steve Miracle.
A new initiative starts with the school year in the newly renovated Bullitt County Middle School.
"Jostens Renaissance Program is a program that helps us to motivate and inspire our students to do well and achieve as high as they can," Miracle told WAVE 3 News.
Many different events will try to do that daily. One example is what you'll find in each newly renovated classroom; all part of a long 3-year renovation project.
"The classrooms are finished. All the classrooms have their technology in them; their smart boards and projector systems we have that in every classroom," Miracle explained.
While most of the 3 year renovation project is done, it's not quite all finished. For example, walk inside the library and you'll see doors still need to be put on as well as all the other construction work that needs to be done.
The good news is that all of this is expected to be out of the way and finished up in just a couple of months.
Work also continues on the main entrance of the 1970's building.
"For students there's not a lot of construction that'll be going on around them at all. It's mainly the outside portion of the entrance and one hallway," Miracle said.
That means more peace of mind for the nearly 450 students here, now also enjoying an all air-conditioned building when mother nature cranks up the heat.
The district ended the 2010-2011 school year with roughly 12,800 students. This year's number is expected to be down slightly.
Officials report a smooth start at the district's 25 schools.