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Schools open to more than 11,000 students
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Work on the STEM addition continues as the 2016-17 school year begins. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

The Effingham County School System welcomed 11,255 students through the doors on the first day of school Thursday, not counting the number of children enrolled in the pre-kindergarten programs.

Thursday also marked the opening of the Effingham College and Career Academy’s STEM academy, but the building isn’t quite finished.

“The STEM addition is in its final stages,” said Superintendent Randy Shearouse. “I got a text about how nice it is. It is ready to start school.”

The last day of school for the 2016-17 academic year is set for May 26, 2017.