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JPS students head back to school

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Dr. Jayne Sargent (center) Dr. Jayne Sargent (center)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More than 30,000 Jackson Public Schools students went back to school on Friday as the 2011-2012 school year officially began.

With backpacks strapped on, students got off buses and walked the halls of their schools. Younger students were escorted in hand-in-hand with their parents.

A familiar face was visiting the schools as students arrived. Interim superintendent Jayne Sargent stopped by Timberlawn Elementary, Siwell Middle School and Baker Elementary School.

"So far, so good," Dr. Sargent told WLBT News. "We've had a few glitches, particularly air conditioner glitches -- and that's always a big inhibitor as hot as it is. We want the children comfortable, and we want our teachers comfortable."

Dr. Sargent did say most of the air conditioners are up and running now, at least well enough for students and teachers to be at ease.

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