School bells ring again

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SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA–It is a bittersweet time for parents. The start of a new school year signals the unofficial end of summer with the kids out of the house again, but it also reminds mom and dad that those kids are growing older. Early August is the beginning of classes for most schoolchildren in South Central Indiana.

Decatur County Schools actually started a week ago, with Shelby County and Jennings County schools beginning earlier this week. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation (BCSC), Flatrock-Hawcreek School Corporation, Brown County Schools, and Jackson County Schools opened for business yesterday, and Johnson County students return to class today.

Some school systems, such as BCSC, are unveiling new, enhanced security measures. Recently, Governor Eric Holcomb awarded a grant to all Indiana schools to provide a free metal detector for every 250 students.

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