ANDOVER TOWNSHIP — Pymatuning Valley Local Schools first day was Wednesday as teachers, staff, students and parents got back into gear with reading, writing and arithmetic.

The district is the first in the county to start classes as summer begins to come to a close.

Superintendent Christopher Edison said his district has approximately 1,150 students of which 450 are in the primary school, 400 in the middle school and 300 in the high school.

The first day went well in all buildings thanks to the staff, Edison said.

"I appreciate the efforts of the entire staff in getting the kids here safely today and we'll get them home safely too," Edison said.

Edison, a former Rock Creek Elementary School principal, said it can be especially tough for elementary school students on their first days, but the staff made sure they were comfortable.

"The busses were running well, the teachers principals and support staff were all out greeting kids and making sure everybody knew where they had to go," Edison said. "Mrs. Slekar has a very well organized process."

Primary School Principal Lori Slekar also said the day went well with no issues.

"Everything went very smoothly and the children came in excited, happy and ready for a new school year," she said.