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Posts Tagged ‘military children’

DOD Schools Face Difficult Decisions amid Cuts

  • February 26, 2013
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Teachers at DOD schools anticipate a shortened school year or four-day work weeks if sequestration is triggered and the DOD Education Activity is forced to furlough teachers and other school employees. So far, the DOD Education Activity has not said how it would cope with the fiscal crisis the department is facing, reported Stars and Stripes. Last month, officials said civilian employees would need to take up to 22 days of unpaid furlough between April and the end of the fiscal year if lawmakers fail to avert the $40-plus billion in defense cuts scheduled to go into effect Friday. One response under consideration is cutting 10 to 12 days from the current school year and additional days from the school year beginning next fall, according to the story. About 84,000 children are enrolled in DOD schools.

School Board Considers Creating Charter School for Georgia Marine Corps Base

  • February 13, 2013
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A local school board is considering establishing a K-8 charter school for the children of military personnel and civilian workers at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to better improve local support for the installation in southwestern Georgia. “School systems are very important to military families, and I think a charter school with the Marine Base would be of benefit to the community, especially during the next round of BRAC hearings,” a member of the Dougherty County School Board said Monday. The school would be intended to stem the loss of children from the base to the school systems of surrounding counties, reported the Albany Herald. The school board endorsed the proposal to form an ad hoc committee to begin exploratory discussions with the base.

Army Commanders Help Communities Understand Range of Family Support Initiatives

  • January 8, 2013
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A video teleconference last week hosted by Army garrison leaders for community officials from across the country generated a plethora of ideas for partnering initiatives that could benefit the Army and its neighbors. Fort Hood Commander Col. Matthew Elledge highlighted the partnerships the post has with Texas A&M University and Central Texas College. Maj. Gen. John Uberti, Installation Management Command deputy commanding general for support, added that Army installations are establishing programs in science, technology, engineering and math in partnership with local institutions dedicated to fifth graders …

School Districts Capture $110M in Grants to Build New Facilities at Three Installations

  • December 12, 2012
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Children of service members at Fort Riley, Fort Polk and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake will attend class at new schools in a matter of years, following Tuesday’s announcement by the Defense Department that it is awarding $110.5 million to three public school districts to replace or renovate on-base facilities that are either in poor condition or overcrowded. Geary County Unified School District Number 475, Junction City, Kan., will receive $35.2 million to demolish and replace Fort Riley Middle School with a new 720-student school on the post to serve grades six through eight …

Educating the Educators is Latest Joining Forces Initiative

  • October 3, 2012
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More than 100 colleges and universities have signed on to a Joining Forces initiative to better prepare educators instructing military-connected children, Jill Biden and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno announced Tuesday. “As a military mom and as second lady, I have heard over and over from military families just how important it is that school be a supportive environment for children …

New Elementary School Opens at Ft. Riley

  • October 2, 2012
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The new Seitz Elementary School at Fort Riley, Kan., dedicated last month was funded through the Residential Communities Initiative program, the Army’s family housing privatization effort. Picerne Military Housing, the post’s RCI partner, was the project’s developer; the project’s other partner was Unified District 475 of Geary County Schools. This is the first time the partnership between Picerne and RCI has been used to build a school, which expedited the building process and allowed the school to open sooner …

DOD Awards School System $37M for New Facility at Ft. Sill

  • September 25, 2012
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Children at Fort Sill, Okla., will get a new elementary school courtesy of a $37.1 million grant from the Defense Department to Lawton Public Schools, officials announced last week. The grant will cover the cost of demolishing two existing elementary schools and replacing them with a single 1,400-student Freedom Elementary School on the installation …

School Rehab Initiative Moving Ahead, DODEA Official Says

  • August 30, 2012
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The Pentagon is in the midst of a five-year, $3.7 billion effort to improve the physical condition of department schools that are in poor or failing condition, Marilee Fitzgerald, director of the DOD Education Activity, told reporters Thursday. “Today, we have 49 schools in design. I believe eight schools are under construction, and we’ve opened up some new schools,” Fitzgerald said during a Pentagon news conference. The initiative is intended to upgrade 134 of the system’s 194 schools …

Pentagon Begins to Allocate School Construction Funds

  • June 27, 2012
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The Defense Department recently awarded $60 million to upgrade and replace schools at two military installations, the first two grants under a $500 million federal appropriation intended to construct, renovate or expand facilities at 161 public schools located on military installations. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the awards Tuesday at a seminar sponsored by the Military Child Education Coalition to demonstrate the department’s effort to invest in the education of military children …

Army Sends Mental Health Counselors to On-Base Schools at Lewis-McChord

  • June 25, 2012
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The era when doctors routinely made house calls has long passed, but an Army program is paying for mental health professionals to visit on-base schools at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to work with children having trouble coping with their parents’ deployments and other issues. The specialists, which include clinical social workers and other experts, visit the six on-base elementary schools at the installation operated by the Clover Park School District. They provide individual therapy, family therapy, medication management and other treatment …

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