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LCSD moves kindergarten registration to March

— The Liverpool Central School District is moving its district-wide kindergarten registration night from May to March 13.

District administrators said the move was made because the previous date was just too late.

“If you look around Central New York, there’s not a school district that would wait until May to register,” said Scott Krell, the district’s coordinator of data management. “Even in March, we’re one of the later ones.”

It was necessary to shift registration to an earlier date to make things easier on the district staff so that they could enter student and parent data, plan bus routes, communicate information to parents and coordinate class sections.

“With registration at the beginning of May, given our size, we have 500 or so families registering for kindergarten,” Krell said. “So my office has to look through all of that paperwork after that night. We have to look through, say, all of the custody papers and make sure they’re correct and up to date and that the parent who’s registering the child has the right to even register the child. We have to make sure the residency for those 500 folks is actually correct, that they actually live in Liverpool. Then we have to actually enter it into our student management system. The secretaries enter all of the parental information, the addresses. Obviously, that takes a lot of man hours.”

That information then gets passed on to the district’s transportation department, which uses it to ensure the existing bus routes coincide with the populations attending each school and adjust accordingly.

““We’ve found that it creates a real crunch for our transportation department to be able to pull out of our student management system to then look and see, do we have the right bus runs going to the right places for the students we have?” Krell said. “It’s a crunch for them to get those runs in order and to be able to get the information out to parents by Aug. 1.”

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