Madison County school preparing for crowded first day

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - Wednesday morning hundreds of children and parents will arrive at the Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield. Administrators say to help avoid a traffic jam they won't be getting there at the same time.

This is the first year the school will be an all day kindergarten. Previously it was an elementary school.

The school's principal, Dr. Shelly Boulden, told WKYT's Victor Puente they had estimated 450 students would be enrolled but by Tuesday afternoon 496 had enrolled and they expected that number to grow.

"We expect several last minute enrollments tomorrow," Boulden said. "We had several phone calls letting us know 'We're coming tomorrow.'"

With many parents expected to accompany their children on the first day arrival times for are being staggered with the children divided into four groups. The first group will arrive at 8a.m. and another group is scheduled for every 15 minutes after that.

"It's hard to put your kindergartners on the bus for the first time so we're expecting lots of parents to want to walk their students into the building," Boulden said.

She says part of the issue is there's only one way in and out of the school's parking lot. Boulden is asking parents to be understanding as they arrive for the first day of school.

"We really ask for parents to be patient tomorrow," she said. "We've asked our staff to park in the grass so we have all available parking spots, but we know it's going to be crowded."

Because of the enrollment boom an extra teacher was hired on Monday.

After parents drop their kids off they are invited to take part in what's being called a "Boo Hoo Breakfast," where they can talk to other parents who are dropping their kids off at school for the first time. Boulden says it will be a chance to share in a celebration and some tears.