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Superintendent started the morning with a tour of schools


Spotsylvania Superintendent Scott Baker, center, is touring all county schools today to kick off the school year. He is accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Carol Flenard and Executive Director of Instruction Stan Jones as well as schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels.

I caught up with the cross-county tour at Wilderness Elementary. Above, Mrs. Flenard, Dr. Baker and Dr. Jones look down the entrance hallway at Wilderness.

The school leaders halted their tour after a bomb threat was reported at Massaponax High School and the school went into lockdown. Before that happened, they had visited more than half of the division’s schools. Below are some photos from the early part of their tour.

Dr. Stan Jones, left, chats with counselor Erica Suber at Chancellor Elementary.


The administrators chat with Riverbend High School Principal Troy Wright, right.

The glass surrounding the office at Salem Elementary displayed the Olympic rings to inspire this year’s students to “go for gold.”

Schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels, far left, traveled with the superintendent. Here they chat with Salem Elementary secretary Paula Johnston (turquoise top) and bookkeeper Kelly Rababy.


Battlefield Middle School staff provided a “Welcome Back” bulletin board for students near the school’s entrance.


Superintendent Baker chats with Battlefield Middle School bookkeeper Valerie Struchtmeyer about how things had gone in the first hours of the school day.


Battlefield Elementary Principal Susie Fines takes administrators on a tour of the school to see newly installed carpet in the area that includes the library and first- and second-graders.


Dr. Jones shakes hands with Chancellor High School Principal Jackie Bass-Fortune as she descends from the second floor. Ms. Bass-Fortune donned a burgundy polo shirt with a “Chargers” logo for the first day of school.

Chancellor Middle School secretary Sue Leiss chats with administrators in the school’s main office.

Harrison Road Elementary Principal Deborah Frazier donned a suit in the school colors for the first day of instruction. The school’s entryway was decorated with balloons to greet students.

Buses await Chancellor High School students to take them home after the first day of classes for the 2012-13 school year.