Thousands of Central Texas students head back to school

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Summer is winding down, and that means the start of a new school year for thousands of Central Texas kids. Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz joined Erin Cargile on KXAN News Today Sunday morning to discuss the upcoming school year. Cruz says he is working to increase graduation rates.

“That’s what all of us work towards… is kids finish high school and walk across that stage,” Cruz said.

GOING IN-DEPTH // VIOLATIONS WHILE DRIVING IN A SCHOOL ZONE

  • Speeding
  • Using a cell phone
  • Disregarding school crossing guards
  • Not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Passing school buses while loading and unloading

Starting Monday, Austin police officers will be on the look out for drivers breaking the law in school zones. During APD’s back to school initiative in 2013, officers wrote 269 tickets for speeding in a school zone, 29 for using a wireless device and seven for passing a school bus.

Drivers using a cell phone in a school zone will receive a fine of at least $278. Lawmakers last year extended the law saying people cannot use cell phones while driving on school property, like a parking lot or drop off zone.

In addition to Austin ISD, students in Georgetown ISD, Leander ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Hays CISD, and Eanes ISD will be waking up for the first day of school Monday.

Hutto ISD officials want to remind students and parents that school also starts there Monday after some misinformation was published last week.

Some lucky kids have one extra day to enjoy summer break. Students in Round Rock ISD, Manor ISD and Liberty Hill ISD all return to school Tuesday.

Starting Monday, college students will walk the halls of the new Austin Community College campus at Highland Mall. The new location accommodate up to 6,000 students. This is only the first phase of the plans ACC has for the unused part of the mall. Part of a proposal on your November ballot includes more funding for the Highland campus so they can expand even further.

University of Texas students return to the classroom Wednesday. Last week, KXAN told you about the university’s Mooov-In initiative to welcome more than 7,000 new students to the 40 acres.

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