West BR heads back to school (with video)

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Second grade teacher Laura Vidrine, left, tries to comfort Mackenzie Cavalier, 7, on the first day of school at Brusly Elementary School in West Baton Parish Monday. First and Second grade students were the only students reporting on Monday with other grades reporting on following days of the week.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Second grade teacher Laura Vidrine, left, tries to comfort Mackenzie Cavalier, 7, on the first day of school at Brusly Elementary School in West Baton Parish Monday. First and Second grade students were the only students reporting on Monday with other grades reporting on following days of the week.

Advocate staff report

Most students in West Baton Rouge Parish public schools — with the exception of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students — started classes on Monday for the 2013-14 school year.

Superintendent David Corona said, “it’s too early” to tell how many students are enrolled, but he expects enrollment numbers “will go up again this year.”

The district welcomed about 3,800 students last school year, a modest jump from the 3,750 students who attended classes in the 2011-12 school year.

Oct. 1 is the date that the Louisiana Department of Education uses for official enrollment.

“Things went well,” Corona said about the first day of school. “We had a plant leak that shut down a few roads in the north end of the parish and that slowed down transportation a bit Monday afternoon. Other than that, things were OK.”