LIMA — Registering your child for school is getting easier in some districts, thanks to the internet.
Lima schools has had online registration for a while.
“This is going into our sixth year, so we’ve been taking online registration, magnet registrations, open enrollment — all of that is through one system, along with alerts,” said Pete Badertscher, director of technology for Lima schools.
Using online registration is a win-win for parents and the school system.
“There’s lots of benefits. It allows the parents to do it from home so they don’t have to come in. They can, if willing, scan their documents in and do it all from home or they can bring their supporting documents into the office after their registration is done. It just speeds up the process for them. For us, it allows us to make sure we have correct addresses and phone numbers that are valid. It just helps to tidy up the process,” said Badertscher.
As for the cost of the online registration, Badertscher says they are actually saving money by doing it this way.
“It’s really all costs savings for us because we created the program in-house and that allows us to have the program for free, minus the investment we have in employees,” he said.
This is the first year that Bath schools has used online registration.
“We put it out to our community last winter and spring about this, giving them a heads-up and we put it out there right before school ended so this summer is the first time where parents would be signing up,” said Rich Dackin, Bath schools superintendent.
Things have gone relatively smoothly.
“Like anything new, you have some glitches to get through. A lot of people, I think, are going to like this and the fact it can be accessed from anywhere. It puts all of our forms into one portal and it can be changed and updated constantly and then just accessing the portal it can roll over to the next school year without them having to fill out new forms. We wanted to make it easier for parents to be able to enroll their child or fill out the forms and have access to them in a much easier way,” he said.
Spencerville schools is also on board with online registration this year.
“We broke it out last spring and are all out this year,” said Dennis Fuge, superintendent of Spencerville schools. “It should make things easier for parents with multiple kids. For any family that does not have internet access, we have set up a computer in our K-12 office for parents to use.”
The cost for Spencerville schools is roughly $4.50 a pupil, but there are savings in other areas.
“Time and money is saved in paper, print, envelopes and postage. Also saved is the amount of work for secretaries preparing this information along with collecting it and filing,” said Fuge.
Parents across the area are also pleased with the online registration system judging from comments on The Lima News Facebook page. .
“Van Wert City Schools are doing it this year, and I thought it was much easier than the paper forms,” Susan Rigel wrote.
“Bath schools did it this year and it took me literally five minutes and it was great. No losing of papers — all done and easy. Love this idea!” Rachel Zwiebel wrote.
“Wapakoneta schools do this. It’s a lot easier than writing the same thing over and over when you have multiple kids in school. It took me maybe 10 minutes to fill out. Once you fill one kid out you can just transfer the info over for the other kids in the house,” Jennifer Noel wrote.
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