|Cars dropping off students at Menifee Valley Middle School make their way through the parking lot Thursday.|
An increased number of cars and pedestrians maneuvered through streets surrounding local schools as parents and students struggled to adjust to a school year in which district budget shortages have resulted in a reduction of school bus service. Paloma Valley and Heritage high schools opened a day earlier, on Wednesday.
Herk Bouris Elementary School, the newest elementary school in the district, opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday. Although it is located just across the Lake Elsinore border, Herk Bouris serves Menifee students living in the southwest part of town.