Originally created 08/14/97

Schools tackle fall registration



So who's happier school is starting back, the kids or the parents? Marcia and Chelsea Lewis try to answer.

"They are," Ms. Lewis said of Chelsea, 9, and Jerry, 4.

"No - you," Chelsea said.

Ms. Lewis smiled. With both children in school for the first time this year - Jerry's entering pre-kindergarten, Chelsea the fourth grade - she just might be more excited about Richmond County schools opening on Monday.

In school after school Wednesday, parents registering their children and teachers welcoming them shared Ms. Lewis' enthusiasm for the upcoming school term.

Many schools reported a steady stream of parents and children tromping in to find new classes and teachers on Wednesday. At 23 schools, they found new principals and assistant principals, promoted or transferred during the summer.

"I've gotten a lot of hugs today," said Mary Alice Taylor, new principal at Garrett Elementary School.

Preparing for Wednesday left Ms. Taylor a little sleepless, as other new principals probably understood.

"This is my first registration as a principal, so you wake up at night with horrors of what is going to go on," Ms. Taylor said. "But everything has been unusually smooth."

Registration is ongoing for Columbia County schools, which open Aug. 22. Some Aiken County schools will register next week for the new year.