UNION COUNTY — Registration for the 2014-2015 school year at Union County High School went very smoothly according to Principal Floyd Lyles who said that students who didn’t get to register earlier this week will have another chance to do so on Aug. 13.
The first day of the 2014-2015 school year is Monday, Aug. 18, and to ensure that the students who will be attending Union County High School are ready for that day, UCHS held two days of registration on Monday and Tuesday in the school cafetorium.
Large crowds of students and their parents turned out for the registration event which Lyles said enabled students to get registered for school; be assigned their lockers and given the combination; get their textbooks; have their picture taken for their student identification; get their schedules; and, for those who want to drive their own vehicles to and from school, get their parking passes.
Both days went smoothly according to Lyles who said that students were able to complete the registration process in a half-hour or less.
“We registered more than 950 students,” Lyles said Wednesday. “It went really, really smoothly. I monitored the registration process from the moment a student arrived until they left, and we were consistently 25-30 minutes. A student was able to get registered, get their picture taken, get their schedule, get their books, and get their parking passes within 25-30 minutes.”
As efficient and quick as the process was, Lyles said notes were taken about the process with an eye to increasing efficiency and speed. He said the information collected would be reviewed and used to help make changes to the process to make it move even faster next year and beyond.
Even though the school will be looking for ways to improve the registration process, Lyles said that “overall it was two really great days.”
Lyles added that students who did not get to register on Monday or Tuesday will have another chance to do so next week.
“We’re going to have a make-up registration day on Wednesday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Lyles said.
In addition, Lyles said that there will be an orientation meeting for incoming freshmen in the cafetorium this evening at 6 p.m. He said the purpose will be to provide freshmen with any and all information they might need and answer any questions they have so as to ease their transition into high school.
Lyles thanked the teachers and students who helped registration on Monday and Tuesday go as smoothly as it did. He said several students and 18 teachers worked to register and process the students, including providing them with their textbooks, schedules, and parking passes.
“They volunteered to come in and work,” Lyles said. “The teachers were not even scheduled to be back yet, they just came in to help. They all helped make things go smoother. Everyone was excited about getting ready for school.”
Lyles pointed out that he and this year’s seniors both became a part of the high school four years ago when he became principal and they were beginning their freshman year.
“The senior class were ninth graders when I started as principal,” Lyles said. “This is my first (graduating) class and so they are very special to me.”