Bibb kindergarten registration held at individual schools

jmink@macon.comMarch 27, 2014 

Bibb County students will soon go back to registering at their individual schools, instead of going to the district’s Welcome Center, interim Superintendent Steve Smith said.

The transition will begin in April with kindergarten registration, which will be at individual schools. This fall, for the next school year, registration for all students will be completed at schools, and registrars will be moved back into the schools, Smith said.

For the past two years, all students have been registering at the Welcome Center on Riverside Drive, but a majority of parents have said they prefer the old registration system. In fact, the central registration process had the lowest approval rate in a recent community survey, Smith said.

During a recent speech at the League of Women Voters of Macon, Smith said the Welcome center will not close but will be restructured.

“When parents go to enroll their child, they really want to go to the school their child is going to attend,” he told The Telegraph on Thursday.

It’s particularly important for the youngest students to see where they will go to school, officials say. The district is hosting a registration roundup throughout April for next year’s kindergarten students.

“The boys and girls need to see where they will be going next year,” said Erin Weaver, interim deputy superintendent of teaching and learning. “We wanted to give them that personal touch of going to their own school.”

It makes a difference, Weaver said, for the tiny students to see their schools, to go inside their classrooms and to meet teachers and other employees.

“It’s that family atmosphere that we want to create,” she said.

It’s important that parents register their students in April, not only because it gives families a jump-start on kindergarten preparation, but also because it gives district officials an idea of how many new teachers to hire, Weaver said.

While parents are encouraged to register during the kindergarten roundup, registration is open through the beginning of the new school year.

When registering, parents should bring a certified birth certificate; a Social Security card; an updated certificate of immunization on Form 3231; a certificate of dental, vision, and hearing screening on Form 3300; a lease or mortgage paperwork, and another proof of residence. A second proof of residence can be a current utility bill, the most recent income tax return, a property tax statement, automobile registration or insurance and mail from any government agency.

To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 744-4331.

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