Parents flock to last minute registration at EHHS
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Sat., Aug. 20, 2011
Ashley Binion came to East Hartford High School to register her 15-year-old son for school. “I went down to the board of education the other day – I tried to register him, but it was such a tight space and so many people and it was so hot, I left,''' Binion said.
She was trying to enroll her son LaQuonne, who is transferring from a school in Hartford, at Mayberry School. “This is much better – its nice and cool, and not so many people,'' she said.
Parents who may have been waiting until the last minute, or who have had a change of address or whose child will be attending a different school this year can come to East Hartford High School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from now until Sept. 8. However, any student who still has paperwork issues will not be allowed to start school on Aug. 30. In addition to address changes, students who are switching to a magnet school, entering a Catholic school, or leaving a magnet school to enter high school must also register.
“We always tell parents to register early, but it always comes down to this,'' said Donna Sahlberg, a Central Registration support supervisor. There are approximately 7,236 students enrolled in East Hartford public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Hundreds of address changes and transfers must be entered into the computer system by hand and then processed. “Its a huge job,'' Sahlberg said.
Carol Mapp came to register her son to attend East Hartford High School as a sophomore this year. “This is excellent – it's close to home and I don't have to take time off from work to go,'' Mapp said. “It's great.''