LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Pre-K registration is officially open for Richmond County schools for the 2015-2016 school year.
The school board offered online registration for the first time this year, and people can also register in person at the Board of Education Office on Broad St. and at Tobacco Road Elementary for the next two weeks.
Dr. Jackie Hayes, the Pre-K Project Director for Richmond County Schools, said more than 400 parents registered their child using the new online system. Dr. Hayes said the Pre-K program has 1,124 slots open in the 33 Richmond County Elementary Schools, and he anticipates more than 3,000 registrations.
Students for the Pre-K program are selected in a lottery that will take place on March 14. Parents registering their children today said they're nervous about the lottery drawing, but are hopeful their children are selected to start their education in the school system.
"I plan on home-schooling after grade school, so it's important that I put [my son] in a good elementary school to get a good educational foundation so we can go from there," said Tiffany Hadden.
"[My daughter] just turned four and she's super excited. She has older siblings, so she was ready to go to school," said Jenny Marrero.
Parents can still register here at the Richmond County Board of Education or at Tobacco Road Elementary all this week and next week. Both locations are open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Board of Education Office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The lottery drawing will be Saturday March 14th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Board of Education Office.
For a reminder on what paperwork and forms you need to have with you at registration, visit the Richmond County Board of Education's website.