Finances mean changes for some non-resident Worth County students

MCLB Albany would be one of the bases affected by this change. / File

The following is a press release issued by the Worth County Board of Education:

Worth County Board of Education voted on July 11, 2013, to suspend a component of Policy JBCB (Nonresident Students) that allowed "students whose parents are soldiers living on the military base" to attend Worth County Schools. This change will be effective beginning the 2013-2014 school year. This policy will be amended following adoption procedures of Board Policy BD (Policy Development). This decision was reached due to extensive budgetary review and discussion.

Officials with the Worth County School System say that the educational liason at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany has been contacted and parents are being notified of the decision.

"This is a terribly unfortunate event," Col. Donald J. Davis, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, said in their release. "We certainly understand the fiscal realities; however we have been completely caught off guard by this Worth County Board of Education decision. Military children pay a huge price already, so for our kids to be paying the bill when the base provides $1.4 billion to the local economy hurts. We hope that the Worth County Board of Education will reconsider or at least grandfather the 57 students who are already in the system and currently benefitting from the agreement."

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