Published: Aug 08, 2012 12:23 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 08, 2012 5:42 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Summer is over for students in Lee County. 

Wednesday morning, schools reopened their doors to kick off the 2012-2013 school year. And this year, two new schools opened for the first time. Lee schools superintendent Doctor Joseph Burke spent the morning touring various schools. He said the day started out on the right foot.

The superintendent visited several schools Wednesday morning before heading to Alva. Dr. Burke said they hope to advance technology in the district this year, with putting smart boards in every classroom and also focus on college readiness for students. One main goal, he said, is to raise student achievement and focus on math and the first day of school is the perfect time to set those goals.

In Alva specifically, Dr. Burke said they hope to actually merge the elementary and middle schools into one Kindergarten through 8th grade school.

Burke says the first day is always an exciting time. "It's like you've turned the page for this new opportunity for learning, for success, it's great to see that there's a lot of enthusiasm in the schools," he says.

Some students however, couldn't make it to class.

The Lee County Health Department says they saw about 109 students for immunizations on the first day of school. That's less than the first day average of about 200. Officials credit that to extended hours over the past few weeks.