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Registration process slow, Bonita parent says

Posted at 11:14 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 23:14:51-04
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- It was not an easy first day of school for a Bonita Springs man and his daughter. Michael Weaver says he found out minutes before the bell rang where his daughter would attend school.
 
"I got a call at 8:30 this morning, on where my daughter was going to start at 8:50 this morning," said Weaver.
 
His daughter Aaliyah did make it to the first day of school at Spring Creek Elementary Tuesday,  just barely.
 
Aaliyah just moved here from Michigan last week.  Weaver spent all day Monday trying to get the proper paperwork in order to she could enter the school district.
 
"I must have left 50 messages, I non-stop called, called called, to make sure they got 'em."
 
But he didn't hear back until it was almost too late.
 
Lee School District officials told Fox-4 in an email they brought in extra staff to handle the high volume of new student registration.
 
There were also three student assignment offices operating countywide that were visited by hundreds of families, but Weaver never got the memo.
 
"If there were other locations, and other things available, then everybody needs to know that."
 
He understands the district is busy, but he thinks they could have handled it better.
 
"Hopefully we can correct this next year, don't have to deal with anything like this."
 
Lee Schools Spokesperson Lauren Stillwell says if parents show up at the registration office with all the proper paperwork, their child will be assigned a school immediately.