August 7, 2008

Officials Say Enrollment Center Makes First Day ‘Smooth’ for Murray Schools

By Mark Millican, The Daily Citizen, Dalton, Ga.

Aug. 7--A new Central Enrollment Center for Murray County Schools helped the first day of school on Wednesday go smoother than usual, Superintendent Vickie Reed said.

"Last year we had to assign central office staff members to the schools because of all the parents bringing their kids in to get them enrolled," Reed recalled. "This year we had a steady flow of parents, but never an overflow. The enrollment center definitely helped the first day of school run more smoothly."

The enrollment center is behind Chatsworth Elementary. Reed said teachers and administrators helped "get the word out" about its existence and location, and many parents went there this summer to get their kids enrolled.

Still, Reed sent central office staff out to the different schools today to be a helping hand if needed.

"They reported back that everything went well," she said.

Transportation seemed to have its kinks worked out beforehand, as well.

"All the kids got to school on time, and all the kids got home on time," Reed reported. "I didn't get a single call in the office all day about the buses."

Some parents at Woodlawn Elementary were upset that the school wasn't open at 6:30 a.m. and school officials waited until 6:45 to unlock the doors and accept students, said parent David Parham.

"My wife works at Mohawk and I work at Connector 3 (below Dalton on I-75)," he explained. "We have two daughters and the other one goes to the high school, and there's no way we can both get to work at 7 after dropping them off."

Parham said a school official called him later in the day and told him the issue had been cleared up -- all the elementary schools would open at 6:30 to accept students.

"That was a big relief," said Parham. "Today my boss went to his boss and they let it slide, but I was told to get it worked out or I'd get written up."

Dalton Public and Whitfield County schools open on Friday.


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