MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – State leaders are in Milwaukee to ring in the start of the new school year.
Gov. Scott Walker, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and Milwaukee Public Schools' Superintendent Gregory Thornton rang handbells at Gilbert Stuart Elementary School at 86th Street and Good Hope Road Tuesday morning.
School principal Tony Tagliavia said the ringing of the bells is a popular tradition.
"It's symbolic and really marks the beginning of the school year," Tagliavia said. "It's (Dr. Thornton's) favorite day. It's everyone's favorite day."
Stuart Elementary is one of 151 schools in the Milwaukee Public School system that will mark the start of the year on Tuesday. Enrollment this year is expected to be around 80,000 students in the district.
Elementary school students, sixth graders and high school freshmen in the Madison School District also have their first day of classes on Tuesday.