Updated 05/03/2012 04:15 PM
Fort Bragg schools continue to grow, charter school possible in the future
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FORT BRAGG — Fort Bragg schools say they are expecting at least 200 more students to enroll in the coming year.
Thursday educators from Fort Bragg and surrounding communities met to discuss the growth in the area. There are currently 8,400 students enrolled at schools on Fort Bragg and school representatives say that number is growing.
"When you add students and you add classrooms, then of course you add instructional materials, you add support for families, you add after-school activities. So there are many things to think as we find how do we support these additional families coming to Fort Bragg,” said Superintendent NC District DODEA Dr. Emily Marsh.
To ease some of the growth, Fort Bragg is applying for a charter school that would reach out to grades nine through 12. Right now, there is no high school on post. Colonel Stephen J. Sicinski is hoping the new charter school will be open by August of 2013. They are hoping to enroll over one thousand high school aged students from on and off Fort Bragg. The school would sit on the border between Cumberland and Harnett counties. Colonel Sicinski said the main focus of the school would be to work with military children who have to transfer in and out of state during the school year.
"This is not an indictment on the local administrators, they do work their best, but there is a basic incompatibility with the military lifestyle of a family that moves every two to three years,” said Col. Sicinski, Garrison Commander for Fort Bragg.
In the surrounding counties struggling to fit more and more students in their schools say this addition would help.
"We are most definitely running out of seats and right now. There are no funds available for us to build an additional high school. We have property dues, so anything we can do to provide seats for the students will decrease the impact on the school district,” said Superintendent of Harnett County Schools Tom Frye.
If the charter school application is accepted the school would be a 3A school for the first year and transition into a 4A school in the second.