Back to School Preparations Underway

September 3, 2010 Updated Sep 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 3, 2010 Updated Sep 3, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) -- Jacob Militello has noticed his mother just is not herself this time of year.

"My mom gets grumpy," he told Eyewitness News.

Parents across Western New York are probably feeling the same way after spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies that many districts require student to have.

Lists are sent home to parents and many local office supply stores have them on hand.

Jacob's mother Jane brought hers to Office Max on Maple Road in Amherst Friday afternoon.

"Three-ring binders, dividers, composition books, loose-leaf paper, ruler, calculator," said Jane Militello, reading from the two-page list of required items.

Their total bill: $282.44.

Local districts are also preparing for the first day of school.

In the Ken-Ton School District, bus drivers were back behind the wheel -- getting to know their bus routes and checking their 228 bus fleet.

"The drivers get used to driving buses again," said Transportation Director John O'Connor. "And we find out where there's a light bulb burnt out and whatever needs to be prepared and we do that this afternoon so we're ready to go on Tuesday morning."

Watch Good Morning Western New York all of next week for complete Back to School coverage.