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"They come to school excited, ready to learn, ready to meet their teacher...it's just a very exciting time."

August 23, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

Back-to-school season is in full swing as locals across the region prepare to hit the books again in Madison County, Idaho. 

"I love this time of year, it's so much fun to go to each building, which I do every year and see the kids," Dr. Geoff Thomas, the superintendent at Madison County School District 321, said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio. "They come to school excited, ready to learn, ready to meet their teacher...it's just a very exciting time."

The first day of school can be a scary time for students, but Thomas says there's a lot to be excited about and it's up to parents to help prepare their children for a new year school. 

"I think it's great to talk to your children about school, what to expect and what their teachers are like," Thomas said. "I think it's great to take your children to the school where they may be attending, introduce them to their future teachers, meet the principal, so it's not so scary for that first day or week that they're in."

Thomas says this school year's highlights include an earlier date for homecoming and a proposed $27 million dollar bond, which the district wants to use to expand on a previous bond for renovations and expansion plans.

"[The bond would be used for] classrooms, parking lots, gymnasiums and to complete the athletic facility at Madison High School," Thomas said. 

Thomas also recommends students get a good night's rest, eat a good breakfast to help them focus throughout the day and arrive at school on time. But, he also says "the most important things parents can do," is foster a spirit of learning in their homes.

"Emphasize the importance of learning and then read to [your] children as much as possible," Thomas said. 

You can listen to the full interview below.