So far, enrollments at school districts surrounding Fort Benning in west central Georgia have climbed only slightly as a result of new personnel coming to the post under BRAC.
School systems have gained only a fraction of the thousands of students projected to arrive at area schools, reported the Ledger-Enquirer. Officials in Muscogee County said the district’s enrollment has increased by 54 students over the previous year due to BRAC, but other districts weren’t able to determine how much of the changes in their enrollments were attributable to the base closure and realignment process. Chattahoochee County’s high school gained a total of 35 to 40 students; Harris County added about 70 students; Smiths Station schools in Lee County, Ala., added about 200 students; and Phenix City, Ala., schools gained 260 students.
One superintendent speculated that the numbers are down because of the economy, forcing relocating soldiers and contractors to leave their families behind when they couldn’t sell their houses.