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
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
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.