COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Central Enrollment Office for Columbus City Schools has just been remodeled and reorganized. The school district said the investment cost $5 million. 

CCS chief accountability officer Dr. Machelle Kline said families used to have to wait 4-5 hours in line to get through the process. Now, they’re hoping to get parents in and out within 30 minutes. 

She said it’s their busiest time of year. They’re expecting nearly 12,000 enrollments in August and September. 

“When a parent comes to enroll, they get to come to one place and do everything,” she said. 

The process starts online where parents can fill out information and schedule an appointment. Once they’re at the office, they’re ready to enroll and can access other services inside one building. 

“We have health services here as well as our early childhood education and that allows us to do the screenings for all of our Pre-K students according to our state requirements,” said Dr. Kline. “We have our ELL screening here, so our English Language Learners that don’t know English yet, come here and get their assessments done.”

Marcelina Vazquez said she remembers what it used to be like to enroll students into school. 

“You would have to stand in line and then get a number and then from the number they’d tell you more or less where you have to go and what you have to do. It was just a more lengthy process,” she said. 

She said she’s noticed a different in the new system. 

“It was actually pretty easy,” said Vazquez. “I thought it was going to be a little more chaotic, but it was actually easy.”

CCS will also be extending their Central Enrollment Office hours from 8am-7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.