NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Students in New Britain are in for some big changes this school year, but there's nothing like a nice breakfast to help make the transition a little easier.
Attendance is pretty high at Roosevelt Middle School, especially considering school doesn't start until next week.
"What do you think of the school so far," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
"It's nice and the principal seems really sweet," said 6th grader Kailyn Rodriguez.
It's Kailyn's first time at Roosevelt. She's one of many kids in New Britain starting a new school this year. This morning was a free breakfast for kids and parents to get to know their new teachers, and then tour their new school.
"And so this morning's event at all of our elementary and middle schools was basically a welcome back to the parents. Don't freak out," said Kelt Cooper, New Britain Schools Superintendent.
Don't freak out over the fact the Superintendent re-organized the district along neighborhood lines. New Britain had developed "learning communities" where good students were bused to certain schools, and students who were not performing well got bused to others.
"And all that was intended to keep students from going to charter schools and magnet schools outside of New Britain," Cooper said, "but in effect it created the haves and have nots within our school."
Now, a lot more students will be able to walk to their elementary and middle schools. Some parents like the idea, but others don't see the need for the change.
"So the neighborhood schools...that's a good idea," said mom Sharise Edney. "Put the kids together in neighborhood school so they can be together with each other."
"Now she has to meet other students, everything is brand new again," said mom Velinda Ellis. "She's a little bit afraid, things is all new to her."
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