Worth County Georgia board of education pulls plug on military kids

 
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Worth County Georgia board of education pulls plug on military kids

A friend of mine alerted me to this story yesterday:

The Worth County board of education in Sylvester, GA decided last week that they would no longer allow children whose parents serve on the Marine Corps Logistics Base to attend Worth County schools, impacting more than 50 children.

The Worth County Board of Education voted to suspend a policy that allowed students whose parents are Marines living on base to attend Worth County Schools, citing budgetary reasons. Given the fact that school starts in a few weeks, that doesn’t give these parents much time to find an alternate school for their children.

“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.

WALB News 10 has more info, and another quote from Col Davis:

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. 

This whole thing seems bizarre.  I can't help but wonder if this is some sort of ploy to try to get more federal aid for the school, possibly from some program like the Impact Aid Supplemental Program

I'm eager to see how this one plays out. 

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The subject line is all we need to know.

I wanted to say, the county name should be Worthless County Ga.

I think what may have been left out is that MCLB Albany is actually in Dougherty County (the east border of the base ends at the Worth County line). Now those 57 children will need to be bussed into Albany to go to school. Really, there's no telling what prompted the change in policy, however, I agree, the timing of the announcement was pretty poor.

Time for the Marine Corps to play hardball. One option is to put Worth County "Off Limits" to all military personnel assigned to the Marine Corps Logistics Base (except that no not live off base and in Worth County). If the government is paying any impact fees to the county for students whose parents own homes in the county they should immediately terminate those payments since the homeowner is already paying school taxes. These actions should have an immediate impact on the 1.4 billion dollars the county reaps from the benefits of having a military installation nearby.

Parenthetical expression should read ...(except those that live off base...)...

Parenthetical expression should read ...(except those that live off base...)...

I wonder if the farm workers are in the same boat?

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