Buffalo Public Schools moving to install a computerized electronic paperless automated lottery and registration process different from the tedious manual paper application families currently submit. The new automated system would allow parents with web access to register at any remote computer whether in the home, library, or elsewhere in English or Spanish as well as to see if a grade at a particular school is a choice at a specific time. The new automated process allows the district to have real-time accounting of seat availability in each school and grade, something it currently does not have. The system is a hosted one that would run the lottery as well for the district. Plans are underway to make room to provide computers at School #12 for parents to use in the new automated electonic lottery and registration process. And those parents helping students to select high schools use the automated system including any attachments requested in the registration and lottery process.The system is expected to start after January 2012.
For the entire discussion on this issue see the Live blog of School Board Committee, September 12, at 5 PM with Mary Pasciak.
I did run into Mary over the weekend with her 5 year old school age son. When I asked him where he attended school, Pasciak interjected "off limits" question. So we just talked about many other things except where her son goes to school.