Camp-out to choose a school

CLAYMONT, Del. - November 3, 2008 - With a thousand slots open, and just as many parents vying for them, well... You do the math.

Hot chocolate was offered to parents outside, while inside registration began at 7:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"I think it's great that we have so many people interest in choicing to our school district," said Superintendent Jim Scanlon.

Alex Rittberg joined the rest of the parents camping out overnight.

"It's about picking the right school for our kids. I think that's why everybody's here," Rittberg said.

Complicating matters: Darley Road Elementary School and Hanby Middle School will be closing next year, leaving parents who favored their neighborhood schools with fewer options to choose from.

The decision to close those schools came after administrators realized they could save up to $1.6 million by getting rid of the schools, which had too many empty seats.

So, parents lined up, hoping to get their children into schools of their liking.

"The change in feeder patterns might be painful for parents and students this year, but next year the district promises school taxes will not increase, and it will get a passing grade when it comes to school assignments.

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