NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Parents waiting for hours just to enroll their kids in school. It’s happening with the Recovery School District.
“Very much a waste of time,“ says one parent trying to enroll nine kids. “Very much a waste of time.”
Frustrations at the enrollment and transfer center at Lake Area High in Gentilly are boiling over.
“I took a number,” says another parent. “But there are 450 people ahead of me.”
“It was just more families than we were ready for,” says Gabriela Fighetti, Executive Director of Enrollment.
Fighetti credits an unexpected surge of students as the problem, fast-reaction the solution, “We quickly responded. We moved over here to the lake area. a much bigger space. a much cooler space.”
Karran Harper Royal is outside passing out flyers, “They have done a better job by putting people in an air conditioned building today, it is still unacceptable to parents who are leaving here without spaces for their children.”
The district maintains they’ve take the correct procedure to ease the congestion.
Meantime Royal is organizing a parent meeting to help with the process, “To explore solutions for a better way to get children enrolled in school.”
Fighteti says the district advises families there is still plenty of time to enroll their children, and they’re asking for patience working out the kinks, “Some days may be a little busier than others, but we’re always here to help. We can work with them all summer trying to get them into the schools they want.”
Enrollment and transfers will continue through Friday at Lake Area High.
Then move back to First Pilgrim School where parents can enroll children any day for the rest of the summer.