Sunny skies welcome students back to Okaloosa classes (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

‘Amazing’ staffs

Walker Elementary School Principal Jeanine Kirkland credited her staff for extraordinary efforts preparing the school for opening.

"We had teachers still here late last night doing the finishing touches," she said Monday morning. "Everybody's excited and ready to go."

Norah Martin, beginning her first day as an Owl third-grader, looked forward to working multiplication problems and participating in spelling bees, which, she said, are "great."

Riverside Principal Tammy Matz, one of several new area principals, credited her school's educators for assuring a smooth transition to her new position.

"I cannot tell you what an amazing staff this is," Matz said. "They have made this so easy."

At Baker School, a steady stream of moms, dads and guardians guided kindergartners through high-schoolers to their rooms.

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