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Despite faulty fire alarm, school year gets off to a good start in Gilford

Children depart Gilford Elementary School after their first day of school for the 2012-2013 school year. (Jeff Ferland) (click for larger version)
September 05, 2012
Students again filled the halls and classrooms throughout the Gilford School District Wednesday, Aug. 29 to kick off the first day of the 2012-2013 school year.

Many new students and teachers found their way to their new classrooms as new principals settled into their new roles.

The first morning of the new school year took a surprising turn at Gilford High School, as a faulty fire alarm caused a school-wide evacuation.

According to School Superintendent Kent Hemingway, the school's staff solved the issue with the faulty alarm, and everyone was back in class shortly thereafter.

"I hope that is all the excitement we will have," said Hemingway. "Everything else went fairly smooth."

New Gilford Elementary School Principal Danielle Bolduc said their first day went well. She said some students were outside getting a hands-on lesson and looking for caterpillars.

Bolduc said she spent much of the day getting to know her students. She said they began the day with their morning messages, and announced a student birthday already.

Hemingway was again optimistic that the district-wide enrollment down-trend of the past few years has ended.

According to Hemingway, enrollment has trended up for the past two years as local schools continued to accept incoming students. Hemingway said they had three incoming students at the elementary school on opening day.

Hemingway said he has also toured all three schools, adding that new principals Bolduc, Perter Sawyer at GHS, and Kara Lamontagne (back as GMS as assistant principal), were doing well, and everyone is looking forward to another successful school year.

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