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First Day of School Scorcher

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It's the first day of school for a rural town east of Bismarck.

"Today is August 19th, 2013, first day of school. Mrs. Heinrich is really nice."

Megan Moser's first assignment on the first day of class is to write a letter.

"We're supposed to write a letter to ourselves and then, the last week of school we're going to look at it and see what we did." says Megan Moser, 6th Grade Student.

She is one of around 160 K through 12 students getting back into the swing of things at Medina school.

"I was tired, not used to waking up that early." says Moser..

"It's a little hectic and nerve-wracking, but for the most part, the students are great to work with, it's always fun seeing them come back and share what they did over the summer." says Jenny Vandehoven, Agricultural Education Teacher.

"Some kids are excited, some are nervous, the younger kids are really excited, the older kids are like do we have to start now?" says Brian Christopherson.

Especially in this heat.

"A few of them have mentioned it's warm in there, as long as we keep doing fun things, and keep the fans is on, they're pretty cooperative with me." says Jenny.

There are around three classrooms with air conditioning currently, the superintendent says they have plans to install air conditioning to the entire school next year, with temperatures outside in the 90s, you can tell it gets pretty hot inside.

"Could we start next week, we could, then we'd have graduation over Memorial Day weekend, which is fine too, but like I said, Medina has that tradition of having their graduation over the weekend before." says Brian Christopherson/Superintendent.

Christopherson says the early start allows extra days to get ready for state testing, should be decided by the local school board, and will never make everyone happy, but whether you like it or not, school is back in session.

"Summer ends fast, school started, but I think for the most part, most kids are excited and ready to go." says Christopherson.

"It's exciting." says Megan Moser.

In a rural area like Medina, the school start and end dates are also a tough subject because several students are needed to help at the farm during either harvest or planting.

Either way, the superintendent says they are flexible to family's needs and only had one complaint from a parent Monday morning.

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