Kindergarten early registration starts Monday in Houston

jmink@macon.comApril 27, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The peak time for kindergarten registration is in the summer, but in an attempt to avoid that rush, the Houston County school district is asking parents to register their children now.

The district is hosting early kindergarten registration Monday through May 17 at its new central registration office in the Bert Rumble Complex next to Warner Robins High School.

“They know they are going to be in kindergarten next year, so let’s go ahead and get them registered and avoid the rush,” said Linda Horne, assistant superintendent of school operations.

Officials expect to register about 1,000 students over the next few weeks, which hopefully will decrease the expected crowd over the summer, Horne said.

The process is different this year, as parents register their children at one location instead of individual schools. The district opened its central registration office in January to streamline the process for both parents and school employees.

Its first big test came during pre-kindergarten registration in February and March. Nearly 1,000 children were registered at that time, and overall registration went smoothly, officials said.

“I thoroughly anticipated having some angry people” who had gone to the school instead of the central registration office, Cindy Flesher, executive director of elementary operations, said during pre-k registration. “We have not had that.”

The process is more consistent for parents, Horne said. In the past, parents ventured to their children’s schools for registration, and those schools were not always open at the same time, particularly in the summer, she said.

Now, “we’re bringing them all to one place,” Horne said. “We’re getting them in there, getting them registered and, hopefully, making the process a little more convenient for parents.”

If parents miss the early registration, they still can register their children throughout the spring and summer.

Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Students enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program automatically will be registered.

Parents should bring their photo identification; children’s birth certificates; custody papers if applicable; a lease or mortgage statement; a second proof of residency, such as a utility bill or auto insurance; their Social Security cards; proof of eligibility for assistance, such as Medicare or food stamps; and their children’s ear, eye and dental screenings, and immunization certificates.

Parents can register their children from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 303 S. Davis Drive in Warner Robins. For more information, visit www.hcbe.net/central-registration.aspx.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.

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