Hundreds of Kilgore parents and students turned up to the Kilgore Primary School campus Thursday and Friday to register for classes and take part in free services offered by local groups to prepare for the upcoming semester.
KISD Director of Technology Mark Lane was in the KPS library Thursday morning as he and other district staff helped parents navigate the registration process.
“We’re seeing similar numbers,” Lane said of the number of parents and students who showed up to One-Stop compared to last year. By 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a steady stream of parents and students were lining up in the library.
“We had a great turnout for early registration. We had about 1800 students register for that, which is phenomenal. We’ve been going on now an hour and a half this morning and it’s been consistent. We anticipate probably around 1500 to 1800 students will come through here in these next two days.”
Lane said the registration event lasted until 7 p.m. Thursday evening to allow working parents or those with scheduling issues an opportunity to take advantage of the event.
Plenty of KISD staffers were on hand Thursday to help parents fill out forms and work through the registration process.
“We have probably, depending on the shift, somewhere between 30 and 40 staff members here that are here to help and take care of parents and take care of kids and get them all through the door,” Lane said.
In a computer room off the library, more staff members were assisting parents on rows of computers to complete the registration process online.
Technical Specialist Chris Fleck said he and other staff members were helping parents register both returning students and new students.
“New students can get registered up front and then they can come here,” Fleck said, adding many parents who don’t have computer access at home find the process at the school convenient. Some parents can complete the online portion of registration beforehand but for those who aren’t able to, One-Stop allows them to complete the entire process in one location.
“Last year we had almost 1,000 people come through on Thursday and 500 or 600 on Friday. We had a lot of people,” he said.
One-Stop Registration allows parents and students from pre-K to 12th grade to sign up for school on one campus, rather than visiting multiple campuses individually.
After completing the registration process, students and parents moved to the KPS gym, where KISD staffers and local businesses had set up booths to offer a range of services, from free eye exams to measurements for new shoes. Kilgore Rotary Club, Kilgore Lions Club, Community Healthcore and J. de Graffenried Dentistry offered services during One-Stop, among others.
"We moved from Longview and this is way easier than Longview’s registration," said Anastasia Fagan, after watching as third-grader Jerry Fagan got a free eye exam from Lions Club member Pat McRory.
Qualifying students were also able to pick up bags of free school supplies in the cafeteria.
Finally, with the registration process complete, parents and students made their way out of the cafeteria for one of the highlights of One-Stop: free snow cones provided by Charlie’s Sno-Balls.
At a July board meeting, Lane said KISD typically sees 75 to 80 percent of their students fully registered by the end of One-Stop.
For those who missed the Early Bird online registration deadline on July 31 and who weren’t able to attend One-Stop, one registration option remains.
The final option for registration is for parents to visit the campus their child will be attending in the 2019-2020 school year to register in person starting Aug. 5 until the first day of school on Aug. 14.