Turlock Now: New teachers go to head of the class

August 19, 2013 

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— Some 13,900 Turlock Unified School District students headed back to class Monday for the start of the new year.

Students at all of the district's nine elementary schools, two junior high/middle schools, two high schools and two alternative schools were back on campus for a minimum day. Classes resume normally today. Most district schools will have back-to-school nights for parents over the next two weeks.

Compared with most years, the new school year boasts three times as large an incoming class of new teachers. Turlock Unified School District Superintendent Sonny Da Marto said some 85 new teachers will step in front of Turlock classrooms for the first time this year. The high number of new recruits, he said, was to replace the veteran teachers who took advantage of early retirement incentives given last year.

Electronic signs were posted around town reminding motorists to slow down and look out for students, teachers and parents now that school is back in session.

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on www.twitter.com/turlocknow.

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