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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Local School System Unveils Elementary School at Hunter Army Airfield

  • August 14, 2011
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Officials from the Army and the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System last week celebrated the opening of a new elementary school at Hunter Army Airfield, one of the few new public schools built on DOD land.

The $14 million school — which will feature a media center, computer lab, music and art classrooms, and have room for up to 650 students — was built through a partnership between the Army and the school district. The Army leased the land to the school system, which funded the school’s design and construction. About 50 percent of the students enrolled at Pulaski Elementary have at least one parent in the military, reported 3rd Infantry Division public affairs.

“We were told that nowadays the federal government didn’t build schools — public schools — on [military installations]. But because of leadership here on the [installation] and because of the leadership of the superintendent and the [school system], we said, ‘why not?’” remarked the school board president at the ribbon cutting.

Hunter Army Airfield is located next to Fort Stewart in Savannah, Ga. Pulaski Elementary opens for the new school year next week.

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