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Ottawa High registration going full online

While paper registration forms still will be available, Ottawa High School is shifting school registration to be almost entirely web-based.
While paper registration forms still will be available, Ottawa High School is shifting school registration to be almost entirely web-based.

Student registration at Ottawa High School will be done almost entirely online, beginning next school year.

At the school board meeting Monday night, Assistant Principal Jeff DeWalt explained parents of returning students will receive usernames and passwords with report cards. Parents of incoming freshmen will be mailed the same information by Thursday, July 5. Log-in is through Skyward Family Web Access on the school website, ottawahigh.com.

Registration directions will be posted July 5 at the school website. Off-site registration will be July 5 through Friday, July 20. Registration can also be done on computers in Room 423 at the school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, July 10 and 17, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11 and 18.

Online registration has been an option for several years.

Registration by paper can still be done 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the cafeteria.

DeWalt said online registration will save on printing costs. He expects an enrollment of 1,400.

In other business, the board approved a contract with Interquest Detection Canines for 14 visits to the school, at $345 per visit, by dogs trained to detect contraband. Superintendent Michael Cushing said use of the dogs has been successful.

Cushing also briefed the board on budget matters, noting it is difficult to project how much money will be available in the future.

"It's not always an expenditure problem; sometimes it's a revenue problem," Cushing said, adding school funding is full of "complexities and uncertainties."

The board also agreed to spend $54,000 for 101 laptops and 22 desktop computers.

A woman in attendance at the board meeting told the board there was a matter she believed should be investigated. Board President Don Harris said the board would discuss the matter in closed session.

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