Worth County School leaders agree to work closely with officials and families from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany before deciding a future policy for base students.
Tuesday night, the board voted to continue to let MCLB students currently enrolled in Worth County Schools to go there. It's a reversal of a policy they passed last week that caught military families off guard and angered base leaders.
Several Marine families attended the meeting. A mother who plans to send her kindergarten and second grade children to Worth County welcomed the vote. Margaret Christiansen said, "I feel hopeful about the ruling tonight. I hope we continue discussions, we can continue to foster a good relationship with the county and can continue to have our kids attend schools that they love and have become a part of."
Base Commander Col. Don Davis was also pleased with the decision. "We're extremely happy with the fact that the board overturned the decision made last week. Of course, our kids get to go back to the school that they call home, so those that are Worth County Rams, they'll get to return to football practice, return to the classroom, and we're extremely happy with that and pleased," Davis said.
The board may start charging an out-of-county fee for families who live on the base in Dougherty County but want to send their kids to Worth County Schools in the future, but they promise to discuss that possibility with MCLB leaders before making a decision.