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Bristol students head back to school

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Thousands of students in Bristol headed back to class on Thursday.

This as the school system pushes on despite last year's budget issues.

At the end of the last academic year, school officials said they were talking about potentially closing schools and cutting jobs. However, they found other ways to cut costs.

They made millions of dollars in reductions.

Superintendent Ellen Solek told Eyewitness News that they're not out of the woods. Officials anticipate another tough budget year.

The Board of Education has been meeting with Mayor Ken Cockayne, the city controller and members of the Board of Finance and City Council on a monthly basis.

"We want to take a hard look at creative ways to finance, budget, and create programs for kids going forward so even in lean years we can maintain the high quality education the Bristol kids deserve," Solek said.

Solek said a big focus of that education this year will be wellness.

She said schooling is much more than learning from a book.

Safety is also a priority, according to Solek.

She said the bus company has been running routes for the past two or three days to make sure they were ready for Thursday.

"It's really the size and scope," Solek said. "Bristol is a large city as you know, and making sure each and every one of our students are covered in a safe way is one of our top priorities."

The bell rings for high school students at 7 a.m.

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