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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

School District Planning Complicated by Uncertainty of BRAC Impacts around Ft. Benning

  • May 23, 2011
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School districts in the Chattahoochee Valley are fully aware that an influx of students will be enrolling in their schools by mid-September, but due to the uncertainty as to where the military families moving to Fort Benning, Ga., will choose to live, officials are being forced to make allowances to accommodate last-minute arrivals for the coming school year.

The Muscogee County School District, which is expecting the bulk of the new school-aged children coming as a result of BRAC, is setting aside money in the budget for additional teachers and modular classrooms, reports the Ledger-Enquirer. The superintendent’s primary concerns are class size and whether the district will be able to hire qualified teachers after the school year begins. Officials are saving some space in the county’s magnet programs for affected students who already have missed those programs’ normal application deadlines.

“We are trying to anticipate all of the challenges and have plans in place to move forward quickly, but until we actually have the students in the seats, we cannot predict where to put the additional staff or additional temporary space,” she told the paper.

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