CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Today is the first day of the new school year for many districts in Ohio.
More than 39,000 students headed back to Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
"It's a great day in Cleveland," said CMSD CEO Eric Gordon, who was on hand at John Marshall High School.
"Clap In' events were held at many of the CMSD schools; students were greeted by clapping and cheering from teachers, administrators and other students.
Included in CMSD's more than 30 schools are three new buildings this year: Cleveland School of the Arts, John Marshall High School and Max S. Hayes High School.
School officials expected strong turnouts as part of the new "Get to School, You Can Make It!" campaign.