Archive for Thursday, July 28, 2011

USD 348 enrollment begins today for all schools

July 28, 2011

For the first time in many years, the USD 348 enrollment day will be in late July, instead of its usual early-August date on the calendar.

All Baldwin School District students will be able to enroll today. All four buildings will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“All four school buildings will enrollment all day,” Superintendent Paul Dorathy said. “Our personnel will get breaks throughout the day, but parents may come in anytime to get their students enrolled. We’re trying to make this very convenient for parents. They can come before work, after work, lunch hour or whenever it’s convenient during the time the schools are open.”

The change of date for the district-wide enrollment day is a test. In previous years, the enrollment day has been during the first week of August, but a change was made this year to accompany dozens of parents and students who will be busy with the Douglas County Fair next week.

“This is an experiment,” Dorathy said. “In the past, it’s been the first week of August and that’s coincided with fair week. It was suggested by different staff members that by moving it up a week earlier, it would, one, give us a little more time to prepare before the first day and, two, we could hit some of those parents that get pretty tied up with fair week. We’re going to see how it works.

“We may hit more people’s vacation time, too. We’re going to see how this works out. If it goes well, we’ll try and continue it. We’ll adjust it to what works best with the biggest percentage of our parents. What we’re trying to do is reach the biggest percentage of parents.”

Some families are unable to enroll their students on the districtwide day every year. The school administrators hope most families are able to stop by their respective schools on Thursday.

“We would sure like everybody to enroll that day,” Dorathy said. “It makes it easier for us to plan if everybody comes that day. If a parent absolutely can’t make it that day, because of vacation or some other reason, they will need to call the school and make an appointment to come in and get the process taken care of at their school. The sooner they can do that, the better. It makes everything easier for everyone.”

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