Monroe BOE New Proof of Residency Process for Returning Students

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Updated: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:26:29 EST

Monroe county schools have upped the ante when it comes to proving where students live.

The new process started Monday requiring more documentation, even if a student has been in the school system for years. Some parents are complaining as they try to register their children this week.

"I just feel like it's really an inconvenience to those parents of us who've been in this county for years,” parent Neysa Quinn said.

Parents must now provide a driver’s license or another government issued ID with a Monroe County address. They also need to show two proofs of residency forms. That includes either a gas, electric, water, mortgage or current property sale agreement. This new process is difficult for Quinn who doesn't have a mortgage, gas or water bill and the electricity is in her step-fathers name.

"When you don't have the documentation and there's only about 4 that they're allowing, then it makes it for a very long process,” she said.

The process was first implemented in 2013 for new students. This year it includes returning students. Monroe BOE Chief Technology Officer Valerie Mercer said implementing it is about more than verifying student’s residency.

"We simply made our process in line with other school systems across Georgia," Mercer said.

Once all the documentation is verified at the BOE office, it's notarized. Parents then receive a ticket that will allow them to enter an express line to quickly receive their children's schedules for the year. Make ups for missed proof of residency days will be next week. To better understand the process visit http://www.monroe.k12.ga.us/pages/Monroe_County/News/Summer_Collection_of_Proof_of_

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