From all reports, the first day of school in Dickson County went fairly smoothly. Director of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks was at Vanleer Elementary School early Thursday morning as he and his central office staff spread out to each campus to welcome students back to school. Weeks also stopped in at several other schools to start the new year. “First day has been great,” Weeks said in an email. He said preliminary student population numbers appear to show an increase for the new year but board of education staff will take a few days “before we have anything we can be comfortable with,” Weeks said. “We have had some heavy traffic, a few air conditioners that have struggled a bit, but overall it has been great.” In a Facebook post to parents, Greater Things Christian Academy Principal Chris Harris said the new private school in Burns had a good first day. “I hope that your students had a good day as well,” Harris said. The new school serves Pre-K through 8th grade at Greater Things Baptist Church on White Bluff Road and opened yesterday with about 40 students. Kindergarten students in the Dickson County school system will report for their first day on Aug. 8 and Pre-K programs begin their year on Aug. 12. Students will get their first break from school for Labor Day and a staff development day on Sept. 2 and 3.