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Marine Base students can't attend Worth Co. schools-- for now

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Late Friday afternoon, the Worth Co. Board of Education issued a brief news release which said the policy that allowed students whose parents live at MCLB to attend Worth County schools is suspended.

The suspension of the policy essentially means that with school due to start in less than a month, those students must find another school. MCLB brass said Friday afternoon "This decision came as a surprise to base senior leadership." 

The board's attorney said that the policy is being studied by the board members, who are assessing the financial impact on Worth County taxpayers, and the cost of having MCLB students attend Worth County schools.

The board can reinstate the policy if it chooses.

 Here is the news release sent by the Worth Co. School Board-

Worth County Schools to Amend Policy JBCB

Sylvester, Georgia-July 12, 2013 – Worth County Board of Education voted on July 11, 2013, to suspend a component of Policy JBCB (Nonresident Students) that allowed "students whose parents are soldiers living on the military base" to attend Worth County Schools.

This change will be effective beginning the 2013-2014 school year. 

This policy will be amended following adoption procedures of Board Policy BD (Policy Development).

This decision was reached due to extensive budgetary review and discussion.

 

The Marine Base issued this statement Friday afternoon-

 

Worth County BOE voted to discontinue offering service to active-duty military children 

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga.  — Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany currently maintains Memorandums of Understanding with surrounding counties and their respective school systems to allow military dependents of school age to enroll in and attend area public schools.

MCLB Albany has established agreements with schools in Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

Students have benefited from these agreements; building individual relationships and bonds with one another that last a lifetime and allow for mutual, personal and educational growth. These personal relationships are similar, and sometimes possibly stronger, to the relationship MCLB Albany has maintained with the local communities around Albany since 1952.

The Worth County Board of Education voted on July 11, 2013, to suspend a component of Policy JBCB (Nonresident Students) that allowed "students whose parents are soldiers living on the military base" to attend Worth County Schools. This change will be effective beginning the 2013-2014 school year.  This policy will be amended following adoption procedures of Board Policy BD (Policy Development). This decision was reached due to extensive budgetary review and discussion.

"This is a terribly unfortunate event," Col. Donald J. Davis, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, said. "We certainly understand the fiscal realities; however we have been completely caught off guard by this Worth County Board of Education decision. Military children pay a huge price already, so for our kids to be paying the bill when the base provides $1.4 billion to the local economy hurts. We hope that the Worth County Board of Education will reconsider or at least grandfather the 57 students who are already in the system and currently benefiting from the agreement."

Military students face numerous transitions during their formative years as they change school systems and geographical locations with each new duty assignment.

Additionally, moves during the high school years provide special challenges to learning and future achievement and these agreements have been set in place to hopefully alleviate some of those challenges, as well as serve in the best interest of all students.

"We remain deeply committed to the local communities, counties and the city of Albany. This decision comes at a pivotal time in regard to the upcoming school year. Children, and specifically school-aged students, are the up-and-coming contributing members of our communities. This decision, without the possibility of an alternative option, comes at a very unfortunate time," Davis said.

 

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