ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Monday was the first day of school for more than 17,000 students in the Rock Hill School district, and many parents, teachers and students says they're excited but nervous.
"I didn't sleep at all last night," said Ebinport Elementary kindergarten teacher Melanie Burnette.
"I think I'm as nervous as the kids are," she continued.
However, for Ebinport Elementary kindergarten student Mason Crenshaw, that nervousness is overshadowed by the excitement of what's new.
"I'm going to make new buddies," he said.
Ebinport is one of 17 elementary schools and should have an enrollment over 500 this year. It will be a school of choice for the first time with the emphasis on Spanish immersion.
"We're taking on global learning as a theme, and we have Spanish language instruction everyday for every child," explained principal Shane Goodwin.
Unlike Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Rock Hill School did not have to close any buildings for this school year.
However, no new schools were opened. Goodwin said the key to academic success is being able to watch cost, while still providing a quality education for students.
That education begins on day one.
Though much of the day will focus on calming nerves and building friendships, Goodwin said teachers are instructed to begin coursework.
"We're going to be building a great relationship together," said Burnette.
"And today is just the first day of so much excitement," she said.