Students Head Back to School in Dallas County

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  The new school year got underway without a hitch at Dallas County Public Schools -- and school officials there say they're looking forward to a very successful year.

Superintendent Don Willingham says this year schools will focus more attention on college and career readiness standards for students.

Willingham says another focus will be improving parental and community involvement. He says the school district has also added a new Pre-K program this year.

"We hope it grows, we hope to tie it in with the headstart similar to what the city is doing and I think as we get through this year we hope the state department will fund additional units and expand what we have too," said Willingham.

The Dallas County Public Schools serves about 4 thousand students.