Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Summer is officially over for Central New York students.
Students in the region’s largest school district – the Syracuse City School District – returned to classes on Thursday, as did students in the Liverpool Central School District, one of the larger suburban school districts.
Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras said that the biggest challenges facing her district are budget restraints and low academic achievement results.
This year, Frazier School is taking part in a new program for poor performing schools.
Around half the staff members at Frazier are new – and with $31 million in grant money, the district was able to provide more training for teachers and extend the school day in an effort to turn things around.
"We believe over time that we'll be able to catch students up as long as the students are willing and committed to their own learning, the parents are willing to work with us,” Contreras said.
Next year, five other schools in the Syracuse City School District will take part in the same program.