Registration under way for Troy City School System

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Registration for students attending any of the Troy City schools is in full swing. But this year, parents need to do a little something extra to make sure their child or children are officially enrolled in the elementary, middle school or high school.

This year, all parents must bring two documents verifying residency within the city limits.

"Incoming, or new people, have always had to bring two forms of verification," said Charles Henderson Middle School principal David Helms. "But now every parent must provide two proofs of residency."

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Parents can use two of the following documents to prove residency: property tax records, mortgage documents or a property deed, an apartment or home lease, a utility bill, driver's license, voter precinct identification, automobile registration and a homeowner's insurance policy.

The parents also need to fill out an affidavit form with general contact information and the student's medical history. The affidavit serves as an official document stating that the student lives in the City of Troy and can legally be enrolled in the Troy City School System and must be notarized.

Even if the students pre-registered for classes last year, Helms emphasized that their parents must still come in and provide proof of residency for the registration to be official.

"This residency verification is an additional requirement and parents need to come in right away to take care of it," Helms said.

Helms said his office doesn't have the number of registrations it should have. He also said students who do not meet the requirement soon after school starts will not be allowed to attend classes.

Linda Felton-Smith, the principal at Charles Henderson High School, also said parents need to stop by and fill out the affidavit as soon as they can. Also, any new students and parents need to go to the high school to register for classes as soon as possible.

"I can only have 29 students in most of my classes," Felton-Smith said. "Some are already closed."

High school orientation is July 29, but Felton-Smith said counselors will not be available to register students for classes.

School offices are open Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. until the week of July 28, after which offices will also be open on Friday.