By Amanda Dyslin
Free Press Staff Writer
MANKATO — Until now, parents registering kids in Mankato Area Public Schools would have to go to the individual school buildings.
That meant families with several children might have to go to several different schools and fill out paperwork, including transportation, release of records, food service and health forms.
But beginning Wednesday, the district is opening its new Central Registration office, located in the old council chambers of the Intergovernmental Center.
Families will be able to register all their children for school in one location and will have access to a variety of other district services, said Brenda Andre, Central Registration coordinator.
For example, staff can provide interpreters, she said. The office also can offer testing for placement in special education or English Language Learners programs. The transportation office also is located in Central Registration.
“It’s clean and consistent,” said Jerry Kolander, director of business affairs.
Previously numerous different staff members in the schools were completing paperwork on new registrations to the district office, he said. Now, the information will be recorded and processed in the same way for every child.
The new system also will help take the burden off of school staff with the busy registration season coming up this summer, Kolander said.
“But we’re not discouraging them from visiting their buildings by any means,” he said, adding that staff at Central Registration can help families plan school visits.
The new system has been in the works for about two years, Kolander said. The software, Infinite Campus, will remain the same.
The office will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays during the school year and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays during the summer.
Familes also can visit www.isd77.org to download registration paperwork.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-207-4037.