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Centennial High officials unprepared for large registration turnout

One parent said it took an hour just to get inside Centennial High, and a couple more hours once inside.
One parent said it took an hour just to get inside Centennial High, and a couple more hours once inside.

We live in the digital age, but school registration and paying fees are things that many parents and students still prefer to do in person, especially if it’s going to cost extra online.

The line to get into Centennial High School Thursday morning grew quickly, and many waited in long lines for hours to get everything done.

“They opened their doors at 7:30 or 8, and within the first half hour, the line was halfway around their building,” West Ada School District spokesman Eric Exline said.

Exline said Centennial High School Principal Mike Farris expected more parents would opt to handle registration and pay fees online. About 1,400 showed up at the school (compared with 400 who handled it online) and there were only a couple of cashiers to handle the rush.

“Some people who he [Farris] talked to said they didn’t want to pay the 3 percent [transaction fee],” Exline said. The online option became available a few years ago.

The payments are for things such as yearbooks, parking passes and athletics fees. Students who show up in person can get their activity card photo taken.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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