As our schools are opening to welcome back our students for a new year, every school is on a different calendar schedule, and each has its own challenges and opportunities. 

Some, like Mecklenburg, are fortunate to be moving into a new high school and middle school. Others have plans for new or renovated schools in the coming years.

Ruff is a state senator representing parts of Halifax County. Contact him at, 434-374-5129 or P.O. Box 332, Clarksville, VA 23927.