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Online registration a success for Streator schools

Streator Elementary School's new online registration has largely been a success, District 44 officials reported during Tuesday night's board meeting.

This is the first year Streator Elementary has offered online registration, and Superintendent Lisa Parker said it's been a good timesaver.

"It'll save time for the staff in the fall when they have to figure out who can go on a field trip," Parker said. "Anything that was covered at registration before can be taken care of online in about 10 minutes."

Food service payments and other fees can be paid online now as well, and student information will be accessible to teachers in an automated report the system can generate itself. Parents who prefer to pay registration fees in person can still do so.

Items that require signatures, like doctor's notices, still have to be handled in person.

The student handbook also is available via the online portal. Sports fees must be paid the old-fashioned way, however, because the coaches didn't have the option to see what the online payment feature would look like before it was too late to change it.

Parker also mentioned during the meeting that she expects the schools to have money left over from their budget that can be put into reserves, although it is not yet known just how much money will be left over. The budget will be adjusted closer to the start of the school year, and there should be a concrete answer near then.

The next school board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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