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MCLB parents scramble to find new school for kids

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

The Worth County board of education has temporarily plugged the plug on their agreement with the Marine Corps Logistics Base, impacting more than 50 children on the base.  

Children whose parents serve in the military won't be able to go to school in Worth County anymore because the Worth County Board of education voted to discontinue offering service to active duty military children.  

The Worth County Board of Education voted Thursday to suspend a policy that allowed students whose parents are soldiers living on the military base to attend Worth County Schools.

This policy is scheduled to take effect this upcoming school year.  School board members say they made the decision after an extensive budgetary review and discussion. 

They say the cost of having MCLB students attend Worth County schools was becoming a financial burden.   

Col. Donald Davis with the Marine Corps Logistics base says this is an unfortunate event and released this statement, saying:  

"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 this agreement," said Col Donald Davis, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base.  

We were unable to get a comment from the Worth County school superintendent.  For now MCLB parents have to scramble and find a school for their child to attend before the new school year starts, in three weeks.

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