Loudon County teachers prepare to go back to school

Tuesday was the first day back for teachers in Loudon County. In our Classroom Countdown, Lauren Davis talked to them and the director of schools to find out what you need to know.

Allyson Matlock is getting her classroom ready for the kids to return on Monday. She says, "So far so good. I was nervous about coming back just like the students are."

She quickly got acquainted with her fellow teachers who she hasn't seen all summer and the teachers who are new this year. They also assigned lockers to students. Teacher Erin McNish says, "Lockers are a big deal. We have to make sure they can open them in the time provided."

This year at North Middle School there will be new testing schedules because they have eliminated part one of the TN Ready which means less testing for the students.

This may be their first official day back, but they've been preparing all summer. Christy Poole says, "We don't really stop in the Summer. We've been to training so we continue to work in Summer even though we're suppose to be off."

Across town at Loudon High School, it is under construction that won't be complete until January. The high school is getting a new wing on the front of the building which includes a new band room, new science labs, and more classroom space so they don't have the portable classrooms. Loudon County Director of Schools Jason Vance says, "Construction at Loudon High School some disruption, but hopefully it will be done by January."

Now they're just focusing on putting final touches for the students to come back on Monday.