The Commanding Officer of the Marine
Corps Logistics Base in Albany spoke out Saturday about the Worth County Board
of Education's decision to discontinue offering services to the students of
active duty officers.
16 days before the school doors open in Worth County, the board decided
to not allow students who live on the Marine Corp Logistics Base to attend
their schools. Base Commander Don Davis says the decision is not sitting well
"Outrage. I mean they sunk their heart and soul into the Worth
County School System. They call it their home. We got kids that are very active
in the school. We got kids doing great things in the school," said Col. Don
Colonel Davis say the 50 plus students affected need more choices in
schools. Other school systems, like Dougherty County, say they'll welcome the
students with open arms.
"Dr. Mosely has already contacted me and expresses his concern
and whatever he can do to help assist us and Lee Co the same way. Again this is
a decision that is completely out of character," said Col. Don Davis.
And a decision that Davis says it a complete surprise.
"The folks that made the decision, I want to appeal what that
decision means. If it's strictly numbers from what I understand there has to be
another way," said Col. Don Davis.
The Worth County Board of Education sent out a news release late Friday
afternoon, saying they were suspending the policy after an extensive budgetary
review. Board members say the cost of having MCLB students attend Worth County
schools was becoming a financial burden.
But Davis says he wants to work through the situation so the students
won't have to leave.
"Were very hopeful that folks at Worth County and the school board
will reexamine this decision quickly because we don't have a lot of time,"
said Col. Don Davis.
The agreement between Worth County and the Marine Corps Logistics base
has been in place since 2006.
Colonel Davis and his team plan to have a conference with the Worth
County Board of Education Monday morning. The policy is suspended and the board
can reinstate it, if they choose.