COPPERAS COVE — Parents lined up Tuesday to enroll their children in the Copperas Cove Independent School District for the 2013-2014 school year.
Copperas Cove High School acted as the district’s annual enrollment center, and on the first day, in-district parents were allowed to register new students for classes when school begins in late August.
The center’s first day was busy, with 229 families attending the registration before noon. The large turnout meant long waits for parents like Vanessa Sinclair, who showed up to the center shortly after it opened. About noon, she finished registering her son, Julian, who will attend Martin Walker Elementary this fall.
“It took forever,” Sinclair said. “We have been here since 8:30 a.m.”
While Sinclair and other parents had to wait, the center offered a “one-stop shop,” allowing parents to fully register their children with the appropriate paperwork. Sinclair said it was beneficial to do everything in one location, including signing Julian up to ride the bus, making sure his shot records were up to date and obtaining information about his school and the district’s lunch program.
The center will remain open today, and accept registration for out-of-district pre-K through eighth-graders and new-student transfer requests. Thursday will be a makeup day for all students.
This year, the Cove district is projecting a peak enrollment of 8,364 students, up from a 2012-2013 school year peak enrollment of 8,383. The largest projected increase in student enrollment is predicted to occur in second grade, according to district officials.