PEACHTREE CITY, GA (NEWS RELEASE) – Four Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools located at Fort Knox, Ky., will close at the end of School Year 2013-2014 due to a decrease in student enrollment resulting from the inactivation of the 3rd Combat Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.
The schools, part of DoDEA’s school operations in the United States - the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary School (DDESS) school system - scheduled for closure are:
• Kingsolver Elementary School
• Mudge Elementary School
• Pierce Elementary School
• Walker Intermediate School
The inactivation of the 3rd Brigade will affect 3,500 soldiers and their families. School enrollment is expected to decline by 700 students. Due to the school closures, a Reduction in Force (RIF) is expected to impact more than 100 DoDEA employees.
"It's a traumatic event, especially for staff. The students will be receiving the same education they have in the past...but for the staff this is a tremendous shock," Calvano said.
A shock not only to employees who work with the four schools set to close, but also for those employed at the other four remaining schools. When seniority sets in, there's no guarantee who will have a job for the next school year.
The following schools will remain open with these grade structures:
• Fort Knox High School Grades 9-12
• Scott Middle School Grades 6-8
• MacDonald Intermediate School Grades 1-5
• VanVoorhis Elementary School Pre-K-5
DoDEA’s top priorities will be mitigating the negative impact of the RIF on civilian employees by implementing hiring controls and using workforce reshaping tools as well as ensuring families in the Fort Knox community continue to have the same high quality education for their children.
DDESS Interim Director, Dr. Elizabeth Middlemiss, stressed that taking care of school employees and continuing to ensure a quality education for students would be the center of focus at Fort Knox.