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Buses, students, teachers rev up for new school year

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School buses from the school districts in the quad-city area will be back on the roads Monday morning.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> School buses from the school districts in the quad-city area will be back on the roads Monday morning.

It's that time of year again, when students don their new clothes and backpacks and return to class.

Classes for the Prescott Unified School District, the Humboldt Unified School District and the Chino Valley Unified School District get underway Monday morning, Aug. 4. Start times vary depending on the school.

PUSD Superintendent Dave Smucker asked that parents and students in Prescott exercise patience around bus routes at the start of the new school year.

"Make sure you're safe and watch out for kids that are out on the streets," he said.

"I hope parents are really excited about the plans we have for students in the coming school year and the experiences they are going to have," Smucker continued, adding that

PUSD teachers and staff worked over the summer on school objectives and learning about new technologies for students. "We're going to provide kids with opportunities to use technology as a tool for learning objectives," he said.

Principals in PUSD have worked with their teaching staff on a number of goals, according to Assistant PUSD Superintendent Joe Howard.

"You look at their achievements and focus on areas you want to be specific about and put plans together. One that sticks out to me is that the high school is going to look at assigning a teacher to students during a certain class time and taking an interest in how their whole academic outlook is, down to the point where they may focus on student-led conferences with parents in October," Howard said.

There will be 30 new teachers at PUSD schools this year, Smucker said.

For more information on Prescott schools, visit

HUSD Superintendent Paul Stanton said the district has upgraded its technology.

"Families will see more opportunities to use Wi-Fi on various campuses, to use laptops, SMART slates and student responders," Stanton said, adding that parents can sign up for the school district's Facebook and Twitter accounts to get updates on news and events.

Staff changes at HUSD include a role change for Cole Young, former principal at Humboldt Elementary, who is now the Director of Educational Services. Lisa Uvila has taken over as principal at Humboldt Elementary. At Liberty, Danette Derickson has become principal, replacing outgoing principal Michael Derois. Michael DeRois joins the GEAR Up Team - a group focused on first-generation students attending college or trade schools.

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Chino Valley Superintendent Duane Howard asked that parents consider using school bus transportation, especially on the first few days of school. "We would like for parents to put their kids on the school bus as much as possible," Howard said. "The parking lots just get so jammed with cars."

Howard said there are a few new positions in the district, including two new positions at the middle school and an additional position at the elementary school.

For more information on the Chino Valley school district, visit


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