In the words of Somerset Independent Superintendent Kyle Lively, "It was a very smooth first day."

Somerset's students got back to the books Wednesday, right on schedule despite continuing construction taking place at Somerset High School and the soccer field.

The first day had been pushed back by a week compared to the normal schedule, but that had been decided when the 2018-2019 calendar was approved last year. Despite questions from (possibly hopeful) students that the continuing construction might delay the start by even more, Lively said the it has not interfered with starting up.

"Kids are in the classrooms smiling," he said.

He expressed thanks to everyone who made the first day's transition go well: Parents, students, teachers and staff alike.

"We're appreciative of everyone's patience with the construction, and their understanding that progress takes time."

Lively also thanked the safety officers from the Somerset Police Department who assisted in traffic control. "We had extra safety officers out today, and we appreciate the city for that help."

Construction is planned to continue throughout the semester until December.

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