Danville administrators release registration information, transition updates 

Published 6:31 am Thursday, April 26, 2018

Principals Robin Kelly, Leo Labrillazo and Ron Ballard updated Danville Board of Education Monday night about upcoming transitions in the school system and said they created a plan regarding the registration process.
The transitions concern changing from three elementary schools over to a district primary school and a district elementary school.
“We understand this year, more than any, families are really concerned about the process of registration,” Leo Labrillazo said, the current Hogsett Elementary School principal. “We know that families will have lots of questions and we’re well on our way to having very concrete answers for them.”
The transitions also effect faculty and staff. Kelly, current principal at Jennie Rogers Elementary School, will become the principal at the Edna L. Toliver Intermediate School; Labrillazo will become the principal at Mary G. Hogsett Primary School; and Ballard, current principal at Toliver Elementary School, will become the director of support services in the district and will oversee some of the construction and renovation efforts at Hogsett.
Transition meetings will be held for staff to meet new coworkers, and a meet and greet is planned for teachers who will be working at Hogsett Primary School next year, to be held soon at the Community Arts Center, Labrillazo said.
“We’re looking forward to a casual time for people to put names with faces. I’m hoping to be able to have some renderings of the drawings, as soon as that gets approved, so we can share that with staff,” he said. “We both have already started to work with our leadership teams, our administrative teams for the new school. I know how excited we are about the new teams.”
For one year, Hogsett students will be housed in the current Jennie Rogers, which is being called the Mary G. Hogsett Primary School at Main Street, as the reconfigured staff adjust to the new structure. The original Hogsett, being called the Mary G. Hogsett Primary School at Waveland, is where students and teachers are expected to return for the 2019-2020 year. At that time, the Main Street campus will become the central office and will include Jennie Rogers in its name.
Wes Cornett, director of schools, filled in for Superintendent Keith Look Monday night, while Look was speaking in Alabama regarding teacher retention.
Cornett said former administrator J.H. Atkins, who was an educator in the Danville Schools for several years, was helping out during the transition by coming into schools one or two days a week so principals can focus on other needs concerning the changes.
Dates to know 
Preschool registration will be May 16, 17 and 21 at Mary G. Hogsett Elementary School at 300 Waveland Avenue. Appointments can be made by calling (859) 936-8575.
The following registrations require birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency:
• Kindergarten registration will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Mary G. Hogsett Primary School Main Street campus at 410 East Main Street.
• First grade registration will be 1-6 p.m. July 26 at the Mary G. Hogsett Primary School Main Street campus at 410 East Main Street.
• Second through fifth grade registration will be noon-6 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 6 at the Edna L. Toliver Intermediate School at 209 Maple Ave.
Parents of returning elementary students can expedite registration by registering their student at their current school during the last week of school, May 21-25.
Sixth grade registration can be completed at parent orientation, 6 p.m. Aug. 1. Incoming sixth-grade students can attend Bulldog Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Aug. 1, where they will receive a tour, locate their lockers and review their class schedule.
Open registration days on Aug. 2 and 3 are also available for all incoming sixth- through eighth-grade students.
On Monday, Senior Media Manager Kelly Bedtelyon with Danville Schools told the board about a video series the district will be releasing on Facebook and YouTube, beginning Friday. Parents may submit questions via a Google form, available on the district’s website and Facebook. Those can be found at youtube.com/user/danvillekyschools or facebook.com/danvilleschools.
Questions will be addressed either in future videos or in other formats. The videos will run through June 1, but may continue if questions keep coming in.

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