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Thousands of Cuyahoga County students head back to school today

Cleveland's new school buses on the first day of school. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland's new school buses on the first day of school. (Source: WOIO)

The calendar still says August but summer break is over for thousands of children in the area.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, is the first day of school for students who are part of the Cleveland Municipal School District.

CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT – 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Among the changes this year, the city's public school students are heading back to the classroom on a new fleet of buses. School officials say they'll cut costs, and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Most of the district's 325 new buses run on diesel fuel, and less than 50 use propane. District officials say the move will save about $170,000 each year.

Back in June the district was awarded a $3 million dollar grant to develop better ways to inform families of their school choice options, and to standardize the enrollment process district-wide.

The grant was awarded through the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

The Cleveland school district is Ohio's second-largest school district. More than 44,000 students attend its 112 schools.

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