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FWISD Students Head Back To School

All girls school one of three new campuses

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Monday, Sep 13, 2010  |  Updated 12:42 PM CDT
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FWISD Students Head Back To School

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The school will eventually expand to grades 6-12.

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Nearly 80,000 students headed back to class in the Fort Worth Independent School District Monday.

The Young Women's Leadership Academy was one of three new schools to open it's doors this year.  Seventy-five sixth and seventh graders are braving new territory as part of the district's first single-gender school.

"I feel kind of scared 'cause it's my first time at a Young Women's Leadership Academy, and it's a brand new school," said Jordyn Thomspon, student.

Principal Mia Hall has worked at an all-girls school before and said it offers the students a unique opportunity.

"They have kind of a sisterhood they build between each other and they help each other out, and that's part of the leadership training and development that we do here at the campus," said Hall.

Superintendent Melody Johnson spent the morning greeting students and teachers at other campuses across the district. She said the biggest challenge in the year ahead will be a projected $31 million budget deficit and a shrinking fund balance. Despite that, she said she still believes the district will build on across-the-board academic improvements made last year.

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