EBR to implement new lottery system for pre-K enrollment
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is eliminating its first-come first-serve registration for prekindergarten and replacing it with a lottery system.
From Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, parents with 3-year-old and 4-year-old children will be able to apply for one of almost 2,000 slots in fall 2012 classes.
Pre-K slots will be chosen through a lottery in schools where demand outstrips supply, school system officials said.
Bobby Robertson, director of prekindergarten for the school system, says there will no longer be an advantage for anyone who camps outside in line.
For the past several years, the most popular pre-K sites have played host to camping-out sessions by parents desperate to win an extra year of education for their young children.
In January, parents began camping out in front of Shenandoah Elementary 24 hours ahead of time.
Some parents lost their shot at one of the 20 coveted pre-K spots when sheriff deputies forced everyone to go home and come back early the next morning after responding to a parent's complaint.