Pine View experiencing scheduling problem; will be ready on the first day

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Just a few more days before the majority of Suncoast students break out their new pencils and head back to school.

It can be an exciting and rewarding time for students, parents and teachers. However, one suncoast schools is having to work out a problem before the school year even begins.

At Pine View in Osprey, the school is preparing to welcome back 2,222 students. Parents and teachers are getting ready to hit the ground running on the first day, but it's not all smooth sailing.

Some of those conflicts are the result of a problem with a new scheduling program, and it's causing some frustration among students and parents.

Pine View principal, Dr. Covert, explains that most of the scheduling issues revolve around electives and says 95% of students have their first or second choice of electives and that the students will walk in on Monday with their required courses set.

"Every child will have their courses on that first day of school," Covert said.

Despite the technical hiccup, Dr. Covert is optimistic about the start of the new year, and teachers are looking forward to the first day back.

"We will spend some time creating our classroom culture where they feel safe. In a safe environment they can learn so we're very much excited to get going and start off on the right foot. We just want to make sure that it's easy for the kids; that they're comfortable. Where they're comfortable and happy, they learn better," Covert said.