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Kansas Kids Prepare For School

By: Theresa Freed
By: Theresa Freed

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Public School Enrollment Begins

Friday, Aug. 5, 2005

The first day of enrollment was busy and full of questions from parents anxious to get their kids back in school.

It’s hard to believe that school will start in just a couple of weeks, especially when you see elementary schools only partially completed. But the district assures it’ll be ready for the first day of school.

Wichita school district spokesperson Susan Arensman says if the schools aren’t done, it won’t affect the start of school.

Construction and minor renovations continue while USD 259 kicks off the 2005-2006 school year enrollment.

Doors opened early Friday morning. Parents filed in to add their children’s names to the class roster. They also picked up the ever-important school supply lists and uniforms.

“We just got enrolled,” says parent Sue Sinik. “Now, we’re going to go out and buy everything on the list.”

Principal Tammy McKean of McCollum Elementary says the first day is usually the busiest day for enrollment. Parents are eager to get the task over with and they like to be the first on the list for certain services.

“People do want to make sure they have a spot in Latchkey,” says McKean.

Parents are also learning about a major change, all-day kindergarten. Last year, all but nine elementary schools offered this option. Now, all elementary schools are providing it.

By the end of the month, students will say goodbye to their summer break and get back to their studies. They’ll also get to see their friends.

Enrollment continues through Aug. 11. The first day of school is Aug. 23.

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