Mt. Vernon Register-News

August 10, 2013

MVTHS pleased with online registration

By TRAVIS MORSE travis.morse@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The newly launched online registration program at Mt. Vernon Township High School has been a success, said MVTHS Assistant Principal Rob Pipher.

An estimated 1,075 students have registered online for the upcoming school year, and about 200 more are expected to do so before classes begin.

District officials hope to make online registration a permanent fixture at MVTHS since it saves parents and staff a great deal of time and effort, Pipher said.

“There was no paper this year,” Pipher said. “I heard a lot of people who loved it (and) we are very happy with it. … The feedback we’ve gotten says do it again.”

Since this is the first year MVTHS is offering the service, there are a few minor “kinks” that still need to be worked out, Pipher said.

For example, Pipher hopes to provide more detailed instructions to parents next year for registering online. The new instructions will take into account some of the questions that arose this time around.

“I learned to make the instructions a little more detailed so that people understand exactly what to do,” Pipher said.

In-person registration was still held at MVTHS on Aug. 5, 6, and 7. However, even those who came to the school, registered online.

Many freshman students attended the in-person registration to present certain documentation and take a campus tour. Their information, though, was entered into the online system.

“From my perspective and what I heard from families, it was a positive change and worked out well,” said MVTHS Principal Wes Olson.

Having the online system made the process of paying fees much easier for both parents and staff, said Superintendent Michael Smith.

There was also less duplication of effort. In the past, parents would have to fill out similar forms at different work stations.

“It has eliminated a whole level of extra work,” Smith said.

Those who registered online still had to stop by the school to pick up a class schedule.

One of the long-term improvements for online registration will be to set up a system where a student’s schedule can be obtained electronically, Pipher said.

“I’d like them not to have to come here at all. That will be perfect,” Pipher said.

Pipher estimates it takes about five to 10 minutes to register online. In the past, traditional registration has taken much longer because parents and students had to wait in line.

“That’s the part they really liked: a five-minute process instead of two hours,” Pipher said.

Anyone who hasn’t yet registered or is new to the district can still register on the first day of classes Aug. 15.