Despite rain, Lee County Schools start without a hitch

School was back in session in Lee County on Monday, and a district spokesman said it was mostly smooth sailing at schools throughout the county.

Joe Donzelli, a district spokesman, said Mother Nature threw a wrench in the plans with the off and on rain all day. Some buses were late because of the weather, and Donzelli said a few students missed their bus because of confusion over new bus routes.

Everything else, he said, went great. More students showed up for the first day than officials expected, and Donzelli said “enrollment was way up” at most of the schools.

Enrollment isn’t the only thing that was up Monday. Lee County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Drzymala said the traffic unit made about 160 stops by 2 p.m. That’s a little more than usual, but Drzymala said it’s was likely because there are more people on the road.

There were about 50 deputies out in and around schools Monday, and another 100 were on patrol around the county.

“We want to create a safe environment,” he said. “We just want people to be aware.”

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