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July 21, 2013

LCSC to launch online registration starting Wednesday

Tech director hopes system will help parents, staff keep info up to date.

Logansport Community Schools is rolling out a new online registration portal starting Wednesday.

That day, parents may start registering their children for K-12 enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year via a link from the school corporation’s website, www.lcsc.k12.in.us.

“This year will be the first that we have online registration for both new students and returning students,” said Cyle Dibble, the corporation’s technology director. Parents of returning students won’t need to visit their students’ school as they have in the past, he said. Parents of new students, however, will need to pre-register their children online, then bring certain documents to the school itself.

“In our tech plan, one of our goals is to streamline information through Logansport Community School Corporation. Obviously every year, the registration process is a lot of information,” Dibble said.

In the past, parents have had to fill out a paper form during one of two days of registration in order to enroll their children. Much of the information remained unchanged from year to year, Dibble said, but it all had to be typed into the school’s databases anew each year.

This year, the online portal should allow parents to update the information the school already has on file, he said, and will bypass having to retype anything.

“It’s been a struggle for the schools to keep parent and guardian information up to date,” Dibble said. “We’re hoping by doing this we can make it easier for parents.”

Planning for transportation and food services should be streamlined as well, added Dibble. Registrations completed online will automatically update those departments’ databases, too, so they can more accurately estimate the number of students they’ll have to provide for come the first week of school.

Parents of returning students were sent letters last week containing the login information for each returning student. If a parent never received a letter or it was lost, Dibble said staff at the respective schools can provide login information starting Wednesday, too.

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