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Bullitt County schools start early with promise of new opportunities

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chefs, IT specialists and nursing assistants right out of high school. The dreaded first day back at class in Bullitt County comes with some remarkable new opportunities for students.

Several other districts in the area are back in school.

Henry, Nelson, Scott, and Hardin County students all went back to class Wednesday, as did North Harrison Community Schools.

Bullitt County students headed back to the grind as well, and after a quick gripe about a school year starting earlier than ever before, they quickly started to notice how differently things look than from when they left just 8 weeks ago.

The school district's expanding all three of its high schools to accommodate growing enrollment and launch trade programs, helping students earn industry certifications in areas like business, I.T. and Health science.

Each school will host different curriculum, with students rotating from campus to campus through their various fields of interest.

"Because what we found is that a diploma's good, but we really have to make sure our students are ready to take that next step," explained Chris Verdow, Vice Principal at North Bullitt H.S. "Either enter college or enter a field."

Students, however, returned to a work in progress on their first day, as harsh winter weather caused construction delays.

Bullitt Central is running the furthest behind because it's getting a full campus renovation. The new cafeteria is ready, but the career center is not.

"They'll have four or five different choices or kiosks it's like the mall. A food court for kids," said Christy Coulter, Bullitt Central Principal.

"I know it's not finished, but I think it's beautiful and to see what's different from Freshman year to now is a huge change," said Joanna Whitener, a Junior at Bullitt Central.

On the first day of school, there's always those kids who wish for a few more days of rest. Maddison Saltkill, a North Bullitt H.S. Sophomore, was one such student. "We had no time for summer at all," she said.

But this year in Bullitt County, they're heading back to class excited for something new.

"I think the new school will have an affect on how we act and respect it more and show pride in our school," said Whitener.

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