Aug 15, 2011 8:56 PM by Ariel Wesler

First day of school for Santa Maria Bonita

It's back to school for kids in the Santa Maria Bonita School District. Some school offices were flooded with parents enrolling their kids at the last minute. Others were late turning in paperwork.

As the district continues to grow, administrators expect to see about 200-300 more kids this year, bringing total enrollment to about 14,600 students.

It's the start of another school year for kids in Santa Maria and for some of their parents, the preparations began early.

"Today, I just woke up at 5:30 to be ready. I put everything in the backpack, you know, the pencils, the notebook," said Virginia Martinez, who has three kids enrolled.

As her kids climbed aboard the bus, she says the first day of school isn't always easy on the nerves for kids or their parents.

"It's different students and different teachers, different room, and everything is different," Martinez said.

At Miller Elementary, the office was busy all morning registering new students, who enrolled at the last minute.

Administrators say the parking lot was so packed with parents, some teachers had to park a couple blocks away and walk to school.

"The office just says sit for a few minutes. We will get your schedule ready. We'll find a class to put you in, and we get those students in class on the first day," said Maggie White, SMBSD's Public Information Officer.

This year, about 30 kids at Miller registered on the first day of school compared to 20 last year. Either way, it's a headache for administrators who have to handle the extra paperwork and make sure the kids get into the right classes.

"Sometimes, we'll end up with students say 25 in one room and 35 in another. Well, obviously we need to balance those," White said.

A balance district leaders say can take a couple of weeks to find.

Keep in mind you only have to register if your kids are entering Kindergarten, changing schools, or they're new to the district.

High schools in Santa Maria start back tomorrow. Lucia Mar begins on Thursday. All of the schools in San Luis Obispo county start up next week, so if you need to register, make sure you get it done as soon as possible.


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