Mobile County Public Schools opened on Monday to begin the 2023-24 academic year.
“Everyone is very excited to be back in the building,” said Amari Yelding, a senior at B.C. Rain High School. “We’re ready for the opportunity to learn and grow as young individuals.”
MCPSS Superintendent Chresal D. Threadgill has selected the theme “Aim For Excellence” for the new school year. “ ‘Excellence,’ to us, means always putting your best foot forward, making good decisions, and always doing your best,” said Amy Merryman, Principal at Dodge Elementary School.
“ ‘Excellence’ means to try your best and just to give it your all,” said Zoey Sanders, a fifth-grader at Gilliard Elementary School.
The Superintendent and members of his academic staff used the opening day as an opportunity to visit numerous schools throughout the district, stopping by classrooms and cafeterias to greet students, teachers and administrators. With the exception of Fonde Elementary School, which is the district’s only year-round school, all MCPSS schools opened on time and with minimal problems reported.
The public is reminded that the beginning of school means changes in morning traffic patterns. As everyone becomes accustomed to the school routine in the next few days, drivers are encouraged to leave for work a few minutes earlier than usual; to take care when navigating school zones; and to be watchful for pedestrians. Alabama law forbids drivers from passing a stopped school bus in either direction.
Several schools had designated staffers to assist parents with last-minute registration questions and issues. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about MCPSS registration may be found at mcpss/faqs. Detailed school bus schedules may be found at mcpss.com/busroutes.
During the school year, MCPSS will serve breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, a program funded through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision.