CHARDON -- The first day of school is a fresh start for students and that especially rings true for students at Chardon High school as they begin their first day of class.
Students, staff and faculty spent the second half of last school year dealing with the aftermath of a deadly shooting that claimed the lives of three children.
Channel 3's Amanda Barren sat down with Superintendent Joe Bergant. He's been on the job eight years and intended to retire last year.
"Back for another school year, excited and ready to go. Probably more excited than I was in previous years. I plan on doing a few more things with students at the high school to help make their year a little bit easier. ... The paperwork never ends, the unfunded mandates never stop, but I do want to spend more time with the students in their various activities. ...Part of my job is to make sure the schools are safe and part of safety is building relationships with children from our newly hired staff to our other teachers, we have to attach children to some adult in our schools, said Bergant."
The superintendent says there are still some signs of post-traumatic stress disorder among the students and administrators are keyed into helping them through that...
It's been only six months since the shooting and the faculty and staff say anything could trigger a difficult memory for students.