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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say Tuesday’s start of the school year has been relatively smooth for the system’s students, faculty and staff.

Nearly 100,000 youngsters are enrolled for the new academic year.

A new student assignment plan for elementary school students approved by the
school board in May won’t go into effect until the 2009-2010 academic
year, but JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman says it shouldn’t cause a
major disruption.

“We will actually have probably two sets of bus routes next year, because we’ll
be grandfathering a number of students in. But i think the changes will be subtle,
and they will not be as evident, or stark as people may gather. I think we’ll see
an evolution over time,” Berman said.

Officials are now working on new plans for middle and high schools.

A change in the JCPS student assignment plan for all students was mandated
in a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."