Opening daze

After the dust settled on the first day of school, Dunkirk and Fredonia school officials reported a smooth start to the year.

Dunkirk City Schools Superinten-dent Gary Cerne said he visited all six of the city’s school buildings and said everything went great.

“It was an excellent first day,” he said. “All of the students and teachers were upbeat. It was a great, great start to the year.”

Cerne said Wednesday was one of the smoothest first days in many years.

“In the seven years I have been opening schools, this was the smoothest first day. We were ahead on construction so there were no issues and Mr. (Tim) Abbey made sure everything was ready,” he added.

Superintendent Paul DiFonzo also had good things to say about the first day at Fredonia.

“From my perspective the first day went fantastic. I had a chance to meet with my building administrators, my principals, and they said everything went smoothly. The busing went smoothly, the students arrived on time. As usual there were some students who were happy to be back and some were a little hesitant but we had teachers in the halls to greet them and help them with finding classes and lockers and just make them comfortable,” he explained.

DiFonzo said the entire day went smoothly from lunch to the end-of-day bus run and even after with athletic practice. He said the presence of School Resource Officer Nate Scriven in the school every day is also an asset to the school for his help and position as a positive role model for students.

Other schools to have their first day Wednesday include Brocton, Cassadaga Valley, Forestville, Gowanda, North Collins, Pine Valley and Silver Creek. Today will be the first day of school for Chautauqua Lake, Ripley and Westfield schools.