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School system offers summer registration

Posted: July 13, 2014 - 12:06am
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Jenny Weathersbee watches her son Jacob Weathersbee, 5, and his friend Addison Weaver, 5, play a game while they wait for their name to be called to register the children for kindergarten at the Columbia County Board of Education. Photo by Jim Blaylock  Jenny Weathersbee watches her son Jacob Weathersbee, 5, and his friend Addison Weaver, 5, play a game while they wait for their name to be called to register the children for kindergarten at the Columbia County Board of Education. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Jenny Weathersbee watches her son Jacob Weathersbee, 5, and his friend Addison Weaver, 5, play a game while they wait for their name to be called to register the children for kindergarten at the Columbia County Board of Education. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Jenny Weathersbee watches her son Jacob Weathersbee, 5, and his friend Addison Weaver, 5, play a game while they wait for their name to be called to register the children for kindergarten at the Columbia County Board of Education. Photo by Jim Blaylock

Mia Moulton and her sons Aidan, 5, and Liam, 1, danced around their Columbia County Board of Education office lobby Tuesday waiting to register Aidan for kindergarten.

It was one of several days of the school system’s new summer registration.

Aidan said he’s excited about starting kindergarten at North Columbia Elementary School since the military family lost assignments to Alaska and Hawaii.

The Moultons were one of many families who took advantage of the new registration times.

Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Carney said 102 children registered during the first seven days of summer registration with 52 enrolling just on Monday.

The new registration times were instituted for elementary and middle school students new to the county. It’s also convenient for Columbia County families who missed registration in March.

In previous years, anyone who missed the spring registration had to wait until the week before school to register them at the school they’d be attending.

“I can’t imagine what that front office would look like at the school,” said Jenny Weathersbee, of Evans.

Weathersbee said she’d registered her 5-year-old son, Jacob, for a private kindergarten program, but changed her mind and headed to the board office Tuesday to get him signed up to attend Greenbrier Elementary.

Carney said registration typically handled the week before school or during open house leads to long lines and pre-registration allows parents to learn about their child’s school.

“It’s just very hectic,” Carney said. “It’s a bad first impression when you’re trying to welcome a kid to a school.”

But it also helps school system officials and school administrators better plan with more accurate new students projections and to request records for new pupils as early as possible.

“It really helps us with numbers,” Carney said. “We can go ahead and add a teacher before school starts if we see that big of a growth instead of waiting two weeks into the school year. It just helps everybody.”

Parents can register their children at the board office from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

The board office will handle elementary school registration again on July 22-24 and middle schools will be open to handle registration on those days.

Parents should bring proof of residency, the child’s birth certificate and Social Security card, immunization forms, report
card, gifted or special education placement paperwork and other necessary
forms.

For detailed information concerning school admission requirements, visit
the school board parent resources link at www.ccboe.net/pages/Columbia_County/Parent_Resources/Reg. Call (706) 541-2723, extension 5115.

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