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Dougherty Co. school leaders reach out to MCLB families

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County School leaders are reaching out to Marine families at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.  

Even before the controversy over whether their kids would be allowed in Worth County Schools, school officials in Albany were trying to enroll more military families in school in their district.

On Thursday parents learned more about the policy and Dougherty County schools in general. Representatives from each Dougherty County School attended Thursday's educational forum at the Marine base.

Dougherty County schools are hoping to help families of Marines who serve our country.

"Anything that the Dougherty County School system can offer to them, to make their time in Albany an easier transition we loved to do that," said Kenosha Coleman one of the principals in the Dougherty County school system.

School officials answered questions and told parents about the system's new policy that allows Marine families to choose their school instead of just going to the ones they are zoned to attend.  Parents appreciate tonight's outreach

"I was very pleased, when my husband initially told me about the entire thing, simply because we are new to Dougherty County," said Leaither Lowder on of the MCLB parents that greatly appreciated the outreach displayed by the school system

Another MCLB parent, Kathy Rogers says she wants to take a close look at Dougherty County Schools. Her daughter currently attends school in Worth County.  The system there recently decided no longer to accept students from the base.  Even though that policy was quickly reversed, Rogers now wants to consider all options.

"We're looking at keeping her in the Worth County school system, but we have to see how all of this is going to weigh out for us," said Rogers.Dougherty County school leaders hope more parents will choose to send their children to school locally.  They say it's vital for the community to maintain strong ties with the base, and events like this help strengthen those connections.

School begins in Dougherty County on August 5th.

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