Smiles and fist bumps flew the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 10, as students around the county received a warm welcome back for the first day of the 2022-23 school year.

Central Ridge Elementary School had doors open and teachers and administration greeting both parents and students as morning drop-off went underway.


Central Ridge Elementary teacher Mark McCoy helps bus-riding students as they exit their school bus Wednesday, Aug. 10. Students are given bracelets that include their bus numbers to help at the end of the school day.

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Students make their way into the classroom from the bus ramp Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Central Ridge Elementary in Citrus Springs.


Central Ridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jennifer Vybiral gets acquainted with one of her new students Wednesday morning, Aug. 10. Jecxael Seda Dargas was proud to show off his new Batman backpack to his teacher

2022-23 enrollment as of Aug. 8

School name Number of students
Central Ridge Elementary 729
Citrus Springs Elementary 792
Crystal River Primary 662
Floral City Elementary 382
Forest Ridge Elementary 674
Hernando Elementary 823
Homosassa Elementary 405
Inverness Primary 689
Lecanto Primary 816
Pleasant Grove Elementary 615
Rock Crusher Elementary 656
Citrus Springs Middle 840
Crystal River Middle 912
Inverness Middle 1,032
Lecanto Middle 827
Citrus High 1,535
Crystal River High 1,259
Lecanto High 1,693
K-12 Citrus eSchool 249

Jordan Leal, 5, an incoming kindergartener at Central Ridge Elementary School has his photo taken Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, by his mother Esperanza Leal who is a support-staff member at the school. Students are welcomed back to school with a colorfully decorated display in the hallway.


Kindergarteners Piper Mann catches her block creation as it topples as she plays Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, with classmate Ellison Vyeiral. As students make their way into the classroom teachers provide various activities to occupy their time before the beginning of lessons.


Younger students are sometimes assisted from the bus to the new classrooms during the first day of the new school year. These students make their way into the building from the bus ramp with the help of an adult Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, at Central Ridge Elementary School.


Students make their way to class Wednesday, Aug. 10, from the bus ramp at Central Ridge Elementary School.

Contact Chronicle Reporter Georgia Sullivan at 352-564-2929.

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