NEW ORLEANS -- Angry parents waited for hours outside the Recovery School District's Family Resource Center with one goal, get their kids into a school of their choice.
“This is very disorganized. I'm very upset. Embarrassed. You know what I'm saying?” said mother Ayanna Moline. “This is how I have to get my son into school? My son is a good boy. He's an excellent human being. He deserves to be in a school that's quality for him.”
Summer enrollment started Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
These parents hope to get seats in schools that weren't taken during the OneApp process in the spring. Competition is fierce.
“This is the final round where you get apps,” said father Eldon Anderson. “I did two apps actually this year and both failed. My kids weren't accepted to no schools. So I had to come here and actually try to get placement for my kids.”
The line quickly grew to more than 700 people, wrapping around four blocks. Parents took numbers and 20 people were allowed inside at time.
In the morning, they handed out water to the hot crowd. Later in the day, parents waited in the rain.
“They should be ashamed of themselves that it wasn't better organized or you have not had a city official, nobody sitting on the school board system,” said Rhonda Miller. “Nobody came to see this.”
Eventually, overwhelmed RSD officials asked parents to go to a different location to try and sign up Thursday.
“More people showed up beyond our capacity,” said Dana Peterson, the Recovery School District deputy superintendent of external affairs. “I think we just wanted to start over tomorrow so we wouldn't have people waiting outside all day long.”
But not everyone can take another day off work to wait in line.
“I can't afford to keep coming here every day and be turned back around, turned back around, turned back around,” said mother Leslie Howard. “They need to come up with a new system. They need to come up with something better than this.”
The RSD now says summer enrollment will be held starting Thursday at Lake Area New Tech Early College High School on Paris Avenue in Gentilly.
Hours will be from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. It's a larger facility that can accommodate more people. The numbers parents got Wednesday will be honored there Thursday.