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At Junction Elementary, students welcome after delays

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein
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It's been done for more than a year, and has long been stocked with desks, white boards and all the other paraphernalia of learning. But now the Roseville City School District's Junction Elementary is finally ready for its most important assets: teachers and kids. Dozens of parents, most with children in tow, headed to the railroad-themed kindergarten-through-fifth-grade school on Wednesday for the first chance to register students for its opening this fall. The day marked the end to built-up anticipation for many families as district trustees had delayed the school's opening for more than a year because of slow enrollment in its west Roseville attendance area. So, shortly before 1 p.m., a line roughly two-dozen strong waited for the doors of the school office to open and the registration process to begin. At the front were Steffani and Anthony Krause, whose daughters Trinity, 4, and Lili, 6, became the first to be registered “ Trinity will enter kindergarten and Lili is headed for second grade. The new school will mean just a short walk across a nearby park for the girls to attend school. Currently, mom or dad must drive Lili about six miles to Diamond Creek Elementary School, where many children in the area attend. Steffani said the smaller scale of the school “ it could open with just 100-200 students “ would be beneficial. I think it's great, it'll be more hands-on for the kids. The smaller the class sizes the better, she said. The school's attendance area, which consists primarily of the WestPark development on the city's west side, has felt the effect of the sluggish housing market. The resulting lack of school-age children in its boundaries delayed the school's opening date until officials were comfortable it would be financially feasible. For those in line, though, all that mattered was the school was ready for them “ and they were loving it. Evelyn Braziel and daughter Jamie,4, also turned out Wednesday. It's definitely nice to have the convenience of a neighborhood school, especially since it's been ready for so long Evelyn, whose daughter will enter kindergarten this fall, said. We've been driving by and she'll say, ˜When's my train school going to be ready?' Tammi Dela Torre was also excited for the quick commute the school would engender when daughter Taylor, 6, enters first grade. Oh my gosh, it'll cut down at least 15 minutes, she said. It'll be nice when she can walk to school. For those living in the school's boundaries who missed the registration date, there's hope. Parents may enroll their students at the Roseville City School District Office, 1050 Main Street. Parents can call registrar Ann Avelar at 771-1600, ext. 9106 to schedule an appointment.