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Students will meet six new teachers when they return to classes next week at Chase County Schools, from left, Torri Lechtenberg, Ashley Vlasin, Morgan Gockley, Lisa Davison, Ashton Stewart and Samantha Kennedy. (Johnson Publications photo)

First day of school around corner

    Do I have the right pencils? Where is my locker? What’s for lunch? What’s my class schedule? What is my locker combination?
    Students may have these and similar questions when they report for school next Thursday, Aug. 23. Rest assured, there will be teachers and staff at Chase County Schools (CCS) to help students begin the new school year.
    The bells will ring at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. that first day and for the year. There will be an early out each Friday at 2:30 p.m., at which time teachers will meet for personal development.
    A total of 612 students were registered as of last Friday, but more are expected to register by the first day of school, according to administrators.
    That number compares to 629 last year and 634 in the 2016-17 school year.
    The largest class appears to be the fourth grade with 62 students. The smallest is the senior class with 35.
    Before students report for class they need to bring immunizations up to date. School nurse Angie Paisley said kindergarten and seventh grade students must meet the state immunization requirements.
    Those participating in sports also need to file a sports physical form as well as a NSAA student and parent consent form.
New teachers
    A number of new teachers, all in the elementary school, will greet students this fall. In addition, students will meet new Superintendent Randy Klooz and 7-12 Principal Jon Lechtenberg.
    Klooz comes to CCS from Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School, where he was the PK-12 superintendent.
    Lechtenberg and wife Torri were most recently at Southern Valley School in central Nebraska. She will be teaching 7-8 math.
    Morgan (Fisher) Gockley, recently at Dundy County Schools, will be teaching third grade. She and Lisa (Lock) Davison are Imperial natives. Davison will teach grades 4-6 special education. While not a Chase County native, Ashley Vlasin lives in Imperial with her family, and most recently taught at Perkins County Schools in Grant.
    Also new this year are Samantha Kennedy (fourth grade) and Ashton Stewart (5-6 social studies). Both are recent college graduates.

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