Local school districts and community groups supporting Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base received Partnership of Excellence Awards from the Military Child Education Coalition last week for collaborations with neighboring installations that address transition and educational issues affecting military children.
In Central Louisiana, Fort Polk Progress, the Vernon Parish School District and Fort Polk, along with other local and state partners, received the Outstanding Partnership award for their recent initiative to assess the performance of the district’s schools and craft a plan to plug significant gaps, reported the Town Talk.
“This partnership has endured for almost a decade as we’ve worked to improve facilities and establish transition support services for more than 3,000 military students,” said Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress. “Now, in a much more strategic approach, we’re working on educating military families about our district’s performance, programs and opportunities; understanding Common Core state standards; and providing nationally recognized quality education,” Reese said.
In Northwest Louisiana, Barksdale AFB, Bossier Parish Schools, Barksdale Forward and the Military Affairs Council, along with other partners, received an Exemplary Partnership award for the Barksdale/Bossier Connection.
“The fact that two Louisiana partnerships have won these coveted awards only underscores the importance Louisiana places on the quality of life of military families,” said Col. Thomas Moore, garrison commander of Fort Polk.
Read the Military Child Education Coalition press release to learn about other award winners.