With Tuscaloosa City and County students returning to class on August 7th, a new school year is just around the corner.

Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria is excited to get the new year underway and for students to see some of the changes that the system has made over the summer.

“What’s new is we have several of our buildings were renovated and are coming off that renovation so several of our students will come into new classrooms, new hallways and renovated schools, so that’s really exciting,” Daria said.

TCS has also moved forward with its move toward a more digital style of instruction and learning.

“We’re continuing to work within our strategic plan,” Daria said. “Our digital transformation moves now from all sixth graders all the way up to 10th grade with a one-to-one deployment of our Chromebooks.”

The system is still trying to fill teaching vacancies as school approaches, but Daria believes that they have made some good hires so far and is ready for students to meet their new instructors.

While TCS has worked to improve its facilities and instructional abilities, the most critical part of the school system’s success is student attendance. Daria hopes that students can attend as many days of school as possible, starting with the first day of class.

“Attendance is important on the first day, the next day and every day thereafter,” Daria said. “We firmly, we know when students are present in school, that’s when we begin to see returns on their educational outcome, so it is so important to be there on that first day.”

Parents new to the school system can register their children online at tuscaloosacityschools.com.

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