Parents met with long waits at the School District of Lee County office Tuesday

Reporter: Claire Galt Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Lee County schools
Lee County schools building. (Credit: WINK News)

Crowds of parents waited hours to change their kids’ zones the day before school started.

Parents who spoke with WINK News said they had to miss work to wait in line. They said they were frustrated the system wasn’t more organized.

Carmen Bonilla came with her son and daughter to the Lee County schools building on Tuesday morning to transfer schools.

“We’re moving because it’s gonna be a better area,” said Bonilla.

The day quickly became stressful for Bonilla. “Horrible. Way too long. The line. People are not really in their best mood. So it’s a lot to deal with.”

She wasn’t alone. “It’s rather crowded. Three hours, four hours. Yeah, it shouldn’t take that long,” said Lee County parent Halleigh.

“Just been so crazy. You know what I mean? You just, you know, I wish they had something. I say you go up front and you vote and it’s just that then you got to go to this office and then come back here and get a number or then go back and wait,” said Lee County parent Oliver L.

Tuesday was the last day to register kids in Lee County in time for the first day of school. Parents waited for hours, some of it outside.

“This heat, kids, not good,” said Bonilla.

WINK News reached out to Lee County schools about the long wait, and they sent a statement saying:

We are a growing school district and continue to register new families as well as support families who have already been assigned a school. Student enrollment will meet with every family in line so their children are ready for the start of school.

Parents said it’s all worth it for their kids. “That’s what we got to do as parents, you know?” said Oliver.

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