Officials prepare new Houston office for pre-k registration

jmink@macon.comFebruary 12, 2013 

Houston County schools’ central registration office has been open for nearly a month, and workers now are preparing for one of their busiest times of the year -- pre-kindergarten registration.

Officials cut the ribbon Tuesday at the new office next to Warner Robins High School on South Davis Drive. The central registration office opened as a place for all parents and students to register for school, instead of going to the individual schools.

So far, the new process has worked well, school officials said. A handful of parents still have ventured to individual schools, but they were instructed to go to the central registration office, Linda Horne, assistant superintendent of school operations, said during the school board retreat Saturday.

“I really thought we were going to have issues with that, but not at all,” she said.

The office has been averaging 20 to 30 people a day, she said.

“So far, it has been great,” Horne said. “We’ve had very positive comments from parents.”

But the real test will be next week when pre-kindergarten registration begins. Officials expect 1,200 to 1,300 people to show up to register their children. Pre-kindergarten registration is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19-March 15.

There will be some waiting, Horne said, but school officials are bringing in extra workers during that period to attempt to “shorten the wait time,” she said.

Officials also encourage parents to have the appropriate paperwork and follow the registration schedule for each elementary school:

Feb. 19-22: Quail Run, Lindsey, Parkwood and Westside

Feb. 25-March 1: Eagle Springs, Pearl Stephens, Miller, Linwood and Northside

March 4-8: David Perdue, Centerville, Bonaire, Hilltop and Shirley Hills

March 11-15: Lake Joy, Perry, Kings Chapel, Matt Arthur and Russell.

For more information and for a list of required paperwork, visit www.hcbe.net/central-registration.aspx.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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