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Lee to accept MCLB students

Larry Walters

Larry Walters

LEESBURG, Ga. -- The Lee County Board of Education unanimously approved an admissions policy change Monday that will allow children of active-duty service personnel living aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany to attend the system's schools.

The proposed policy change reads as follows: "Children of active military personnel living on the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia, will be allowed to attend school in Lee County on a space-available basis by paying tuition to be set and determined by the board. Available space will be distributed in accordance with the order of the applications submitted."

Officials say the change allows the school system to accept MCLB-Albany's K-12 children for an annual tuition fee of $1,504.50 each. The families who opt to send their children to Lee County will provide their own transportation.

Officials with the base say there are more than 100 school-aged children currently living aboard MCLB-Albany. They are zoned to attend three Dougherty County School System schools: Radium Springs Elementary School, Dougherty Middle School and Dougherty High School.

At a maximum, Lee County would be able to accept all of the students living on base, said Superintendent Larry Walters.

There are currently more than 40 of the base's children attending Worth County Schools with no tuition charged.

Officials don't expect much movement between the school districts this year. Should any MCLB parents decide to move his or her children into Lee County, state average full-time equivalency money, $4,290.14 per child, would follow the student.

Also on the board's agenda Monday evening was the setting of a tentative millage rate. The board has, for the time being, decided to favor the same rate that has been in place: 15 mills for maintenance and operations, and .4 mills for bonds.

The board is expected to call a special meeting for Sept. 27 to decide on a final millage rate before it is taken to the Lee County Commission that same evening.

Comments

FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

Great! Another opportunity for deserving students and their families. The better the Marine families are served the better Albany will be.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

Good for the kids! However, they will have to step it up, I know some who transferred from Dougherty to Lee schools and they were two years behind the other Lee students.

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doingwhatisright 2 years, 2 months ago

That's so not true. Don't be so quick to pass on bogus information. I teach and collaborate with teachers in Lee County. We are all on the same sheet of music.....National Standards!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

I know of two cases... one of which a student transferred for his senior year and couldnt graduate, had to go to the transitional school for his "13th" year and ended up dropping out cause it was too difficult, and got his GED instead.

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doingwhatisright 2 years, 2 months ago

Please..the student wasn't a performing student in the DCSS nor in the LCSS...I can assure you he didn't drop out because it was too hard... he didn't want to work for his grades in the DCSS nor in the LCSS. He wanted something for nothing and thought the Lee County schools would do just that. You said two cases but you only wrote of one. Your comments are evident you have no idea about that in which you speak. Just stop!

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

If this isn't a serious inditement of the Dougherty County Schools, I don't know what is. Someone better look at the situation. If this is what the Base Marines felt they needed to request, what do you think any industry thinking of moving to this area will think?

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VietVet1 2 years, 2 months ago

Who's going to break the news to #34?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Well done, LeeCo!! This was the only "right" decision. You have the Country to think of!

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

The school board & company does not believe there is any issue with the DCSS, but the fact that children on the marine base are going all the way over to Lee County is just more proof that there are issues with the DCSS. I am sure you will have people like BVR who will think these children are missing out on a great opportunity for quality education, but all can do is let them have their fun.

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ontario1966 2 years, 2 months ago

I am so glad that the children of MCLB will get a better and safer education, being that in lee county or worth county? The one thing I don't understand? And I feel it's wrong? Is worth county don't charge a tuition? But Lee county does? Either way? The kids have a much better chance in life now, when they get out of DCSS.

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whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

Could this be an indicator of quality difference or perhaps some consideration for the resident taxpayer? Who knows. Regardless, the kids out of DoCo will be better off from an educational standpoint. But, combat pay will cease with the move. lol

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whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

DoCo has got to tackle its problems in the school system to encourage any prospective employer or person to move to the county. Life is too short and opportunities are too many to put up with a known bad situation, But unless the state forces change, I don't see any locals with the "will" to even try--can't upset the "won't" cart. So, it will be interesting to see how many of the 60 now in DoCo, and the 40 now in Worth, make the move to Lee before the end of the year. BTW, the Marine General makes a visit to DCSS next week so Lee made the change under the wire--now there is another choice to take some out of the DCSS combat zone for those who are willing to pay. Another chance for "Murfree the Great and his magnanimous PR machine" to do its magic one more time!

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Spike 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm fairly certain there's a number of kids going to private school and being home schooled. I'll bet there's only about 20 kids going to DoCo now.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

There is more than just poor education in DCSS. White girls getting hit on by black gang members and afraid of other things too.

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doingwhatisright 2 years, 2 months ago

Lee County has opened a can of worms. It's just a matter of time that any DCSS student who desires to transfer to Lee County and denied ..has legal recourse..discrimination and the right to an education. No cb25, from what I've seen...white girls hitting on black guys...even in Lee County.

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