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Metro celebrates first day of new school year

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Wednesday was back-to-school today for more than 80,000 students in Nashville. The first day went smoothly, aside from a few minor problems.

"I almost didn't get out of bed," said Brittany Navice, an 11th grader at McGavock High School.

"I got kind of bored, so I was ready to come back to school and see everybody," said Sierra Mays, an 11th grader at McGavock High School.

Despite concerns about students showing up with an earlier start date, district leaders said it seems about everyone did.

"Things have gone pretty smoothly. We've had some normal first-day glitches," said Fred Carr, with Metro Schools.

One such issue occurred at Gra-Mar Middle School, where students spent part of the morning outside after a freezer caught on fire.

The fire triggered the sprinkler system, causing wet floors. But everyone was able to go back inside a short time later.

And at Cane Ridge Elementary School, leaders scrambled to alleviate a traffic mess as some buses couldn't get to the building because of heavy congestion.

Schools Director Dr. Jesse Register greeted students Wednesday at McGavock High School. As the district starts the year with an estimated 1,600 more students this year compared to last, Register explained how leaders are dealing with the growth.

"We monitor very closely at the beginning of the year how many students we have in each school," Register said. "We really check it by individual classes to make sure we have plenty of teachers in every school. We'll shift around as we need to."

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