Students head back to class in Muscogee, Russell, Lee and Phenix City schools

Today was the first day of classes for many local students, including those in Muscogee, Russell, Lee County and Phenix City school systems.

At Hannan Elementary, kindergartner Arianna Dooley said she was excited to start school.

"Because you get to play with toys and learn," she said, standing outside her classroom Monday morning. Her mother, Michelle Dooley, said they were still adjusting to the earlier start time.

"Her bus schedule is ridiculous," Dooley said. "The bus stops down the street from our house at 6:41 a.m. -- for a kindergartner. She gets home at 3:05 p.m., which is fair."

All Muscogee schools are operating on different schedules this year, to save time and money on bus transportation. Elementary students start classes at 8 a.m. and get out at 2:30 p.m. Middle school students start classes at 9 a.m. and get out at 4:05 p.m. Most high schools, except Jordan and Spencer, will have classes from 8:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Jordan and Spencer students will have classes from 7:40 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Laura Massey, who was dropping her granddaughter Areyel Geddes off at kindergarten, said she liked the earlier start times.

"They get out, they get breakfast," she said. "It doesn't bother me to come early."

Areyel said she was excited to start her first day of school.

"Ever since last year, she's been ready to come to school," Massey said.

Here are the start dates for other area schools:

Aug. 9: Muscogee, Russell, Lee, Marion, Phenix City, Pinehurst Baptist Christian, Wynnbrook Christian, Mother Mary Catholic and Glenwood

Aug. 10: Harris

Aug. 12: Brookstone and Veritas Academy

Aug. 13: Calvary Christian, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Anne Pacelli

Aug. 16: Hallie Turner Private

Aug. 18: Troup

Sept. 7: Lasseter Academy