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Columbus Parents Wait Hours to Sign Enroll Kids in School
COLUMBUS (James Jackson/Ken Hines) -- Frustrated parents waited in long lines Tuesday in order to enroll their children in school before classes begin the following day.
The halls of the Columbus City Schools Central Enrollment Center were packed as parents and employees worked to make sure new students would be registered before the first bell rings on Wednesday morning.
"It's a mess. You're here for hours. This is my second day here," said Linda Norris, who is enrolling her foster daughter at Westgate Elementary School. "I've been here for an hour. Yesterday, I was here for over an hour. It's chaotic."
To cut down on that chaos, center employees worked over the weekend, and extra registration tables Tuesday.
Despite the long lines, district officials believe the center simplifies the enrollment process for new students by eliminating the need for parents to visit multiple buildings.
"While it seems like it might take more time, you're not having to travel to all of these different locations and set up appointments for [enrollment] to happen," Columbus City Schools spokesperson Jeff Warner said.
Jamie Crump, who has enrolled her daughter at Salem Elementary, advises parents to make sure they are prepared before visiting the enrollment center in order to cut down on the amount of time necessary to complete the process.
"Once you get in there, it goes pretty quickly, but you want to make sure you have all your paperwork or they will send you home and you have to come back," Crump said.
The center is open year-round. Click here for information about the Columbus City Schools enrollment process.