School begins for several West Michigan districts

Rockford, Greenville start class; Catholic school year begins Tuesday

Greenville High School sign
A greeting lights up the sign at Greenville High School during the first day of classes. (Aug. 29, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hundreds of West Michigan students are starting the school year off a week earlier than most districts in the state.

Greenville Public Schools is one of several districts that secured a state waiver to begin classes a week earlier than the state mandate, which was created a decade ago to boost tourism. Students of Rockford Public Schools also started their academic year on Monday.

Greenville High School
Students walk on the campus of Greenville High School during the first day of classes. (Aug. 29, 2016)

Public schools aren’t the only ones beginning class this week. Catholic schools of the Diocese of Grand Rapids will begin classes Tuesday.

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew hosted a celebration mass for more than 500 school leaders and faculty Monday morning. All 30 Catholic elementary and high schools were represented, as well as Aquinas College.

“In our Catholic schools, we begin everything with our faith,” said Superintendent David Faber.

Cathedral of Saint Andrew mass
Hundreds of school leaders filled the Cathedral of Saint Andrew for a celebration mass Monday. (Aug. 29, 2016)

More than 6,400 students within six counties of West Michigan attend Catholic school. Faber says this marks the second year of enrollment growth for the diocese.

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