• Staff Sgt. Andrew Maynard sees son Andrew, 5, off to school Wednesday morning at Pierce Terrace Elementary School.

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    Staff Sgt. Andrew Maynard sees son Andrew, 5, off to school Wednesday morning at Pierce Terrace Elementary School.

  • Family members escort children to their first day of classes Wednesday morning, which marked the start of a new school year for Fort Jackson schools.

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    Family members escort children to their first day of classes Wednesday morning, which marked the start of a new school year for Fort Jackson schools.

  • Pierce Terrace Elementary School Principal Brian Perry, left, and C.C Pinckney Elementary School Principal Annie Crandle address teachers and faculty during the Aug. 15 school district opening ceremony at C.C Pinckney Elementary.

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    Pierce Terrace Elementary School Principal Brian Perry, left, and C.C Pinckney Elementary School Principal Annie Crandle address teachers and faculty during the Aug. 15 school district opening ceremony at C.C Pinckney Elementary.

  • Hannah Isaac, 8, reads aloud the school rules during an assembly of students
Wednesday morning at C.C. Pinckney Elementary School.

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    Hannah Isaac, 8, reads aloud the school rules during an assembly of students Wednesday morning at C.C. Pinckney Elementary School.

  • Students walk to class Wednesday morning at C.C Pinckney Elementary following an orientation assembly at the school's auditorium.

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    Students walk to class Wednesday morning at C.C Pinckney Elementary following an orientation assembly at the school's auditorium.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- There was a flurry of emotions at Fort Jackson's two schools as the new year began Wednesday morning. Students arrived by bus, car, bicycle and shoe leather, trickling through the front doors all morning as staff worked to get their charges adjusted to their new schedules. While it was the first full day for parents and students, the year began in earnest last week during a formal gathering at C.C Pinckney Elementary. The event served as a pep rally of sorts for teachers and faculty, reminding them of last year's successes as well as the new year's challenges.

"This is the first day of school, this is the day we're most excited about," School District Superintendent Samantha Ingram told staff and volunteers during last Thursday's gathering. "As I think about the success of last year and think about our future, I want you to know that, as you join our family, you're going to be surrounded by a team of dedicated and committed educators who serve as champions for children."

"This is my second year of command, and some of my fondest memories of the last year have been at these schools," said Col. Michael Graese, Fort Jackson garrison commander. "We're facing tough times, the entire Army and Department of Defense. We're facing financial challenges, but that won't stop the momentum you guys have built here. I'm proud to serve with you guys, and I'm proud to serve you all."

The district has added 22 new teachers this school year, most of whom will be working at Fort Jackson schools, Ingram said.

"We are committed to ensuring that our military children receive the highest quality of education," Ingram said.

The start of the school year is being accompanied by elections to the Fort Jackson School Board. The district began accepting nomination/candidate interest forms on Aug. 20, and interested parties have until Aug. 30 to submit applications.

There are eight open seats on the school board, which is open to parents of students attending post schools and community members living on the installation. Nomination forms can be found at C.C. Pinckney and Pierce Terrace Elementary schools. Elections will be held Sept. 5-10.

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