School districts in Runnels County will welcome students, faculty and staff to the campuses in Ballinger, Winters and Miles as the 17-18 school year commences Monday morning.

School districts in Runnels County will welcome students, faculty and staff to the campuses in Ballinger, Winters and Miles as the 17-18 school year commences Monday morning.

Ballinger ISD Superintendent Jeff Butts said approximately 950 students are expected to come through the doors of the district’s three campuses on the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

“We are excited about this school year,” Butts said.

Students need to be on campus before 8 a.m. The first bell rings at 7:50 a.m. with the final tardy bell ringing at 7:55 a.m. Classes will be released at 3:38 p.m.

“We want to give the elementary students the opportunity to meet with the older students,” Butts said.

Ballinger Elementary will host a “Meet the Teacher” event from 6:30 – 8 p.m. tonight in the elementary cafeteria. Ballinger Junior High will host an open house tonight from 6:30 -8 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Winters ISD will open its doors on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Buses start arriving at the campus at 7:30 a.m. where breakfast is served in the cafeteria until 8 a.m. The first bell rings at 7:54 a.m. District officials say that about 600 students are expected to walk through the doors on Tuesday.

Superintendent Bruce Davis said there would be 19 new personnel this year, which includes two principals, teachers and aides.

“Welcome back,” Davis said. “We are looking forward to a really great year.”

Winters ISD will host a “Meet the Teacher” open house from 5-7 p.m. at the elementary school and at the junior high and high school at 6 p.m. Hotdogs will be served in the cafeteria.

Miles ISD will begin classes on Monday Aug. 28. The tardy bell rings at 8 a.m. and students are released at 3:45 p.m. each day.

Secondary Principal Jamie Rouse reminds all of the parents and students of the “Meet the Teacher” event at 5 p.m. Thursday Aug. 24 at the high school cafeteria.

“We are very excited to have the students return,” Rouse said. “We have a tremendous staff that will work to prepare them for their future endeavors.”

The first day of school for the K-12 students at Olfen ISD began Monday, Aug. 14. Students in Olfen have the opportunity, depending on their academic status, to have a 4-day week. The bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and students are released at 4 p.m.

Parents and students in all of the communities are cautioned to observe the school zone speed limit signs. Remember cell phones are prohibited in school zones and according to state law a fine up to $500 may be assessed on violators.