St. Landry students are one of the first to jump into the new school year. Superintendent Patrick Jenkins says he loves the first day of school.
Over the summer they've been working on improvements to buildings and upgrading technology. Due to budget issues, they've changed a few things in Opelousas, including the need to close two schools and rearrange student attendance zones.
Jenkins says the school system is ready to provide a quality education for students and bring parents, the community, and partnerships.
His message to students is simple. "Come with an open mind, come ready to learn, and just become what they believe."
Students in Vermilion, Acadia and St. Mary parishes also start school on Thursday.