YERMO For Matthew Breeden, getting back into the swing of school is just one of many adjustments the 13-year-old has to make this year.

Breeden is new to the Silver Valley Unified School District his family recently relocated to Fort Irwin from Fort Stewart, Ga., where his father works as a mechanic.

And on top of that, he will be tackling another challenge: freshman year of high school.

Breeden was among the approximately 2,500 students in SVUSD who started the first day of school Thursday.

Breeden expected his first day to be a little rough, considering he's in a new school having moved from the other side of the country.

"It's actually going good," said Breeden, who said he hopes to get more involved in school by trying out for the baseball team.

Yermo School seventh-grader Jesus Rodriguez said the first day of school was a lot of repetition: teachers talking about rules and expectations.

But that's what sets the tone for the rest of the year, noted Yermo School Principal Derek Pinto.

Superintendent Marc Jackson made the rounds and visited all the school sites on Thursday and said that aside from a few "bumps in the road" things ran smoothly.

Jackson noted that there were a few classrooms with over 36 students at Tiefort View Elementary School and Yermo School.

"We really have to balance out the classes," Jackson said.

Construction on Silver Valley High School's campus was mainly completed aside from an area near the school's main office that was taped off where new sidewalk concrete was drying.

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Update on vacated district official job

The Silver Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees is leaning towards not hiring a new person to fill the vacated assistant superintendent of education position, according to district officials. Scott Sypkens previously held the position but left in June to work for the San Diego County Office of Education.

Instead, the board is looking at possibly shifting current assistant superintendent of administration Aaron Haughton into the open position and dividing up Haughton's duties which included heading the budget committee and overseeing the business and human resources departments among other district administrators, according to Superintendent Marc Jackson.

By not making a new hire, the district will save approximately $170,000, said Jackson. It would also bring the number of assistant superintendents from two down to one. Community member have, in the past, frequently brought up concerns that the district employs too many administrators. The board will likely make a decision by the end of the month, Jackson said.