By Andy Ross

Killeen Daily Herald

As the first day of the new school year came to a close Monday at Fowler Elementary, the school's principal, Debra Drever, and teachers were busy navigating the halls, double-checking all was in order.

Meanwhile, parents were slowly beginning to trickle into the back parking lot.

By the time the final bell of the day rang at 3:15 p.m., the campus' grounds were bustling with activity.

For parents like Giselle Nunez, shifting back into such a routine was somewhat strange after a summer vacation with her son, Edward.

"It's kind of weird," Nunez admitted. "You have him for so long at home and then you're back again all of a sudden."

Edward, who started first grade sporting a fresh haircut and new backpack, simply smiled when asked how it felt to be back in the classroom.

On the other side of the parking lot, Linda Mcdill had just greeted her 4-year-old son, Noah, after his first day of school. Mcdill, who has two other children attending KISD schools, said she was slightly nervous about the prospect of her youngest son entering pre-kindergarten.

"I just tried to hold back my tears so I didn't make him cry," she said.

Drever, who runs one of KISD's oldest neighborhood campuses - Fowler was built in 1956 - said one of her biggest priorities on the first day of school was coordinating with buses to make sure everything runs smoothly.

When asked whether the students she interacted with on Monday seemed pleased to be back, Drever responded quickly.

"Our children love school," Drever said. "They find a lot of excitement here and have fun with the different things they get to do."

Contact Andy Ross at or (254) 501-7468.

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