by Jim Wilcox
DCSS and MCLB
The Dougherty County School System is reaching out to Marine parents at MCLB. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s reaping benefits.
Even before the fiasco in Worth County, where the school board initially voted no longer to accept Marine kids then reversed course,
the Dougherty County school board passed a new military friendly policy.
It allows Marine parents to choose which school they want their children to attend,if they don’t think the school for which they are zoned is the best fit.
Last week, representatives from every school in the county answered questions at a back to school forum on the base.Interim Superintendent Dr. David Mosely says since then, at least ten families who live on the base have decided to enroll their children in Dougherty County Schools.
It’s important for us to support our military families every chance we get.This outreach also strengthens ties between the base and the community, which could serve Albany well if another round of base closings comes up. And it’s another sign that our school system is making serious efforts to get back on track after some troubled times.
2013 School Lunches
Students in several South Georgia school systems will no longer have to worry about lunch money,thanks to the Community Eligibility Option program. The program was created through the 2010 Federal Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.Georgia School systems, where more than 40 percent of students receive public assistance,are eligible to participate in the program and Dougherty County is one of them.
Right now the program is available in Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Illinois, but in 2015 it will be available nationwide. We think the CEO program is an innovative way to reduce administrative paper work, labor cost,and allows for a healthier student body and a healthier school meal budget!