August 7, 2014 --
Parents, children and several school representatives filled the Town and Country Grand Ballroom, July 30, to discuss educational options for military families aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and its tenant organizations.
Byne Memorial, Deerfield Windsor, Dougherty County, Homeschool Association, Lee County, Provost Academy, Sherwood Christian, St. Teresa’s Catholic School and Worth County created the panel for the first Military Child Educational Summit.
The summit gave school representatives an opportunity to explain benefits their schools had to offer.
It also gave parents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the facilities, according to Latreesa Perryman, school liaison, MCLB Albany.
During the summit, the partnership between MCLB Albany, Dougherty, Lee and Worth County school systems was also addressed. The agreement gives military families living on base the option to choose Dougherty, Lee or Worth County school systems. Each school system offers various options.
DCSS is at no cost to military families, Perryman said.
Also, families have the option to choose which Dougherty County school their child will attend and bus transportation is provided at no cost to the family. Lee County charges a nominal fee and transportation to the school is the responsibility of the parents.
Worth county is at no cost and provides bus transportation at no cost to the family, she said.
Perryman said it is important for families to be well informed before deciding on a school for their child.
“We want to inform our military families of all their educational options,” Perryman said. “I think this summit will help in the decision-making process when selecting a school.”
Brian Dougherty, headmaster, Sherwood Christian Academy, hailed his institution’s Christian education. He explained Sherwood integrates the Bible in the entire curriculum.
“It really doesn’t matter what the subject may be, our students will hear about God’s word and how it touches all those different disciplines of study,” Dougherty said.
Monica Henson, superintendent of Provost Academy, Georgia, explained the statewide online public high school caters to students who require more flexibility in their high school schedules. She provided several examples of students in need of schedule flexibility.
“We have students who work full time, some are caring for their children or caregiving for disabled relatives,” Henson said. “We also have a student who is an equestrian that trains eight hours a day, a student who travelled all over Asia and Europe with her father and a ballet dancer.”
After hearing each representative, parents were able to ask questions or make comments.
Lisa Williams, a parent of three children, took that opportunity to give accolades to the DCSS.
“They did an outstanding job and I was very pleased with my experience,” she said.
Williams also spoke highly of the summit.
“It is extremely helpful to be able to hear representatives from all the different schools at one time,” she said. “I rate this event a 10.”
For more information, call the base school liaison at 229-639-7497.