Class back in session for Oklahoma City Public Schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Class is back in session for the largest school district in the state.

Oklahoma City Public Schools is home to about 45,000 students.

It has been a busy day for the kids, teachers and bus drivers, who transport nearly 8,000 students to and from school.

Every school year opens the door for improvement, and district leaders are already making changes.

"I feel great because I'm going to learn more," said Makayla Rivas, a fourth grader.

At Horace Mann Elementary, the principal says the kids are bringing a lot of energy to the classroom.

"I saw a lot of smiles, I saw some tears. They were excited to be back," said Mitch Ruzzoli, Horace Mann principal.

"You get to do addition, subtraction and timetables," said Cir Myers, a third grader.

One of the main focus areas of improvement for Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu is making sure there are enough teachers in the classroom.

Additional staff members have been hired, including international teachers from Puerto Rico, to help bilingual students who are having trouble with English and will help the kids assimilate to the culture.

Horace Mann Elementary School is fully staffed with teachers who are ready to educate the kids.

"They just talked to them and comfort them, let them know it's going to be okay. They let them meet other children," said Ruzzoli.

One of the biggest safety improvements still facing the school: improving two busy intersections on Military at N.W. 45th and 46th, where there's only a yield sign.

"We hope to turn both intersections to four-way stop intersections for the safety of the kids," said Ruzzoli.

"I think I'm just going to read and learn and do math," said Dillan Chartier.

Early Monday morning, our crews watched more than 100 bus drivers show up for their routes.

While there’s no shortage, the Transportation Department is still looking for about 10 more bus drivers.

If interested, you’re asked to call 587-1151.

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