Tensions are high today and yesterday in New Jersey’s Linwood School District, where the kindergarten and preschool lotteries are underway at Seaview Elementary. Parents of young children are anxiously waiting to see if their kids will get morning or afternoon slots in the programs.
Since the morning sessions are so popular, as the Press of Atlantic City reports, the school has resorted to using a lottery system to determine who gets in.
The process if fairly informal: Principal Susan Speirs puts the names of the kids who want a morning session in a basket, and names are drawn. By the children.
Speirs walks around with a basket and 4-year-olds pull names to see if they or their peers will be in one of the morning sessions. Those whose names aren’t picked must attend school in the afternoon.