About 275 students returned to classes at Macomb Schools Wednesday, but for some teachers and students, it seemed like a short summer break.

About 275 students returned to classes at Macomb Schools Wednesday, but for some teachers and students, it seemed like a short summer break.

Superintendent Matt Riggs said the district, thanks to a 5-year grant, held a 9-week summer program. He said 60 students, for a few hours every Monday through Friday, enjoyed various activities and field trips to such places as the Oklahoma Science Museum, the aquarium in Jenks as well as other learning experiences.

With the grant, the summer program will continue at Macomb for the next four summers, he said.

“We're fortunate to get grants,” Riggs said, adding grants will also help provide more technology this school year.

With a previous grant to provide ChromeBooks for grades 7-12, Riggs said another grant is now providing that technology for others grades.

The pre-kindergarten through sixth grade classes now have 10 new iPads per class, he said, and every student in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade will have an iPad mini to use in the classroom.

This school also will bring some exciting opportunities for teachers this school year, including a program that involves 70 days of professional development training.

Over the summer, the district, thanks to its portion of the county education sales tax, was able to upgrade lighting at the school as well as purchase a Chevrolet Suburban for field trips and travel for smaller groups, he said, which eliminates the need for a large school bus for only a few passengers.

Riggs, who said the district does plan to call a school bond issue on Oct. 10, said the district hopes to be able to pass a bond issue this school year to purchase buses and build a new cafeteria that will double as a safe room.