Parents Line Up for GPISD Open Enrollment

Some parents camp out 24 hours early

By Christine Lee
|  Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 5:56 PM CDT
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Parents and even grandparents set up camp outside the Grand Prairie Independent School District's administration building so that they could enroll their children in their school of choice Friday morning.

Christine Lee, NBC 5 Grand Prairie Reporter

Parents and even grandparents set up camp outside the Grand Prairie Independent School District's administration building so that they could enroll their children in their school of choice Friday morning.

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Hundreds of Grand Prairie school district parents lined up to enroll their children into their school of choice.

About 1,700 parents applied online for schools and programs of choice. The enrollment process is completed at the school district administration building beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

Some parents and even grandparents camped outside the administration building as early as 5 a.m. Thursday. Julian Hernandez said he missed a day of work so he could make sure his twin daughters got the school they wanted.

"Whatever it takes, whatever it takes -- it's cold, but yeah, we'll do anything for them, and we want to make sure that they do get a good education," he said.

Ken Woods also made the sacrifice, camping outside the administration building 24 hours before the doors opened for enrollment.

"It's kind of gotten to a point where you have to do these kinds of things to get a good education for your kids," he said. "It's sad, but that's kind of where the educational system in Texas is."

The school district provided the crowd with coffee, snacks and portable bathrooms.

"I have to commend these family members for being here," district representative Sam Buchmeyer said. "It obviously speaks to their commitment to their children, wanting to make that educational choice and put them in the best place for them."

Open enrollment and transfer requests will continue through Feb. 1.

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