All in one

Carol Roehm|Commercioal-NewsNurse Practitioner Steve Skimhorn measures the height of Ronald Miller, who will be entering sixth grade, during a physical examination at Danville District 118's centralized registration Thursday morning.

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 officials hope the district’s three-day centralized registration event, which ends at noon today, made registering students more convenient, particularly for families who have more than one child in the district.

District 118 registration continues today from 8 a.m. to noon at the David S. Palmer Arena. This year prekindergarten, which is housed at Southwest and Edison elementary schools, and Northeast Elementary Magnet School are included in the registration blitz.

Parking is available around the civic center in the parking lot west of the civic center, to the north in the city parking garage, and to the east at Towne Centre. District officials ask that no one parks in the Old National Bank parking lot because cars will be towed.

Parents should have received a packet of registration forms in the mail the week of May 10 that they should fill out ahead of time at home. Receipt of the packet will serve as proof of a student’s residency. Parents should bring the forms to the registration event where representatives from each school will be set up to accept the forms.

The Dr. David Fields Administration Center closed Wednesday and will remain closed through today so that every district employee can help at the registration blitz. Many employees were on hand Wednesday morning wearing yellow “Ask Me” buttons and directing parents along a path of maroon arrows on the floor.

Once past the check-in at the front doors, parents followed arrows to a room where they could receive help proving residency if their family is brand new to the district or if they have a child entering the district for the first time.

The arrows also guided parents and their children to the health room where Nurse Practitioner Steve Skimhorn was giving physical exams to children Wednesday morning.

“We did 19 physicals yesterday, and eight so far today,” he said. “The kids need it to enter school, but they also work as their sports physicals.”

As Skimhorn weighed and measured the height of brothers, Ronald Miller and Daveion Jones, and then took their blood pressure, the boys’ mother, Reenail Miller, stood by and watched.

She said she was thankful for the ability to have her sons’ physical exams done on the spot so she could register them for school.

“Their doctor’s appointment wasn’t until after Aug. 20,” she said, acknowledging that the first day of school was the week before. “I like being able to get it all done in one day.”

The maroon arrows then guided parents past prekindergarten registration, which was a new addition to this year’s event, and many of the 26 community organizations that were set up to provide information about their services and summer opportunities for students.

The arrows eventually led to the lower level of the arena where each school had a registration table set up to accommodate the families of the children enrolled in their school.

North Ridge Middle School rocked a totally awesome ‘80s themed registration table like last year, while Southwest Elementary School’s registration table was very colorful with its “blooming awesome” theme and Garfield Elementary School’s table conjured up thoughts of the high seas with a pirate theme complete with pirate hats and a treasure chest.

Danville High School Principal Kimberly Norton, dressed in DHS maroon, commented about how smoothly the registration event had been running.

“We talked to families with multiple children, and they’ve been able to get through in about 10 minutes,” she said.

Demetrius and Elizabeth Hampton stopped at Edison Elementary School’s table. Demetrius said the couple has six children.

“This is much easier,” he said of the one-stop registration. “That would have been hectic traveling around town to the different schools.”

Parents said they appreciated the centralized registration event and the effort the staff at each school put into it.

“It’s all in one spot,” Elizabeth Hampton said.

Angel Taylor said, “I like it better than going to all the schools.”


Danville District 118 centralized registration continues today from 8 a.m. to noon at the David S. Palmer Arena.