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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With the exception of just a few districts across North Texas, the school bells are ringing again.

In the Dallas Independent School District one might give an “E” for effort. District leaders have to ensure there are enough teachers, enough buses, and enough food on a first day.

Parents who spoke with CBS 11 News appeared to be pleased.

Bus drivers were out on their routes before sunrise. By 8:00 a.m. a group of 11- and 13-year-olds were ascending the steps of Dallas’ Billy Earl Dade Middle School in south Dallas. The new campus is now home to some 900 youngsters.

By late afternoon some students, on a campus a few miles to the north, gave their assessment of the first day. “I liked the routine a lot,” said young Scarlett Riemer, who clarified that, “I’m almost 9, but I’m 8.”

Scarlett is a second-grader at Robert E. Lee Elementary. The new school is positively leading the way in one area that negatively impacted Scarlett’s old school – crowded classrooms. “I like that there’s not too many kids… not that many kids,” she said, while remembering past years when, “There were so many kids that sometimes it was so crowded.”

The expected Dallas ISD student population of 157,000 typically runs about 30,000 short on the first day. But there was little shortage of parents and their perspective.

Grandmother Rhonda Lowrey said, “They made us feel very welcome, the whole process was very easy. He [grandson] was excited and ready to go. I was more excited and ready for him to go,” she said laughing.

When it comes to the new Robert E. Lee parent Jerry McClure is optimistic. “I’ve heard nothing but good things about the school,” he said. “So, I’m not worried about the quality of teachers. “

Superintendent Mike Miles completed the traditional first day tour of new schools, but little Scarlett Riemer may be the true judge of how the day went.  She called it “pretty nice.”

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