Early registration helps plan ahead
By Jennifer Dandron| Teen Board Member
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Alaytra Olivia groaned as the intercom roared across the Lincoln County High School campus, calling all sophomores to the auditorium. Early January meant only one thing: pre-registration for the 2010-2011 school year.

"I'd rather register in May for next year's classes, but I guess that they don't want to wait until the last minute," the 15-year-old sophomore said.

Principal Becky Barden stated the reason the school registers so early is to get a "count of the number of teachers needed before we issue new contracts."

Students' registration forms are just an estimate for the number of electives needed, and number of sections of core needed.

Lincoln County High School's guidance counselor, Ellen Butler, said students shouldn't worry if plans change.

"Nothing is cast in stone," she said. "Our system is adjustable; therefore it does not really matter if a student fails a course. We can always work around it."

She went on to say that part of the reason Lincoln County High School registers so early is to be considerate of student needs and wants. Registering in January is important for the teachers.

"A teacher can't wait until May to find a job, we need to know who we need and how many teachers we need," she said.

Of course, the final master schedule is not finished until the summer. The whole point of registering now is to get an idea for the master schedule, not fine-tune it. Friday, January 15, Alaytra turned her registration form into guidance, with a sigh of relief, knowing that she has gotten her job done early.

Teen Board Member Jennifer Dandron is a junior at Lincoln County High School

From the Tuesday, January 26, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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