GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s time to go back to school for the fourth largest school district in the state.

Green Bay Public Schools was one of many districts across the state that welcomed students on Tuesday.

What You Need To Know

  • More than 19,000 students are enrolled in Green Bay Public Schools

  • Superintendent Claude Tiller previously worked in the Detroit Public Schools Community District

  • Tiller said he wants to get a 100% high school graduation rate

Before the school buses arrived at Edison Middle School, Nathan Nowaczyk snapped a quick first-day-of-school picture.

“Making sure Brock’s got everything. In middle school, it’s a little different than elementary. So looking forward to Brock experiencing a new campus and sports,” Nathan Nowaczyk said.

Nathan Nowaczyk’s son, Brock, said he was excited about the first day of school.

“I’m looking forward to all the new sports opportunities and just having a fun time with my friends,” Brock Nowaczyk said.

Edison Middle School Principal Brendan Whitfield eagerly greeted kids with jokes. It was his first day, too.

“I think we’ve been building up to this. It’s like the day before a holiday where we get to see our staff work with our students and just all the great things that happen in our school, in our classroom,” Whitfield said.

As he welcomed students, Whitfield said he hoped a quick pep talk would help ease everyone’s first day anxiety.

“We’re all gonna get through this and we’re gonna have amazing things. We’re gonna have a great year here at Edison Middle School,” Whitfield said.

The yellow buses soon arrived and the first person off the bus was Green Bay’s new school superintendent, Dr. Claude Tiller. He and Whitfield gave boisterous greetings to students.

“I’m really hyped. I’m really excited. I got on a bus at 6 a.m. this morning to greet my students. I’m very excited for the very first day of school,” Tiller said.

Tiller said he wants to improve Green Bay’s learning scores.

“We’re looking at 5% growth with ELA. We’re looking at 10% growth in math,” Tiller said.

He said he also wanted to boost attendance rates up to 95%. He also has big goals for graduation.

“We’re looking at a 100% graduation rate for all our high schools so we can get at that,” Tiller said.