DoDEA to Close Four Schools at Fort Knox
For Immediate Release — March 5, 2014 | Fort-Knox Schools
Cindy Gibson: DDESS Public Affairs | (678) 364-8044
PEACHTREE CITY, GA — March 5, 2014 — 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 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
The inactivation of the 3rd Brigade will result in the relocation of 3,500 soldiers and their families. School enrollment is projected to decline by approximately 700 students. As a result of these school closures, a Reduction in Force (RIF) is expected to impact more than 100 DoDEA employees.
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.
"School closures and the second and third order effects that come with them are measures we do not take lightly," she said. "We owe it to our employees, our students, and their families to ensure that throughout this difficult process we continue to be thoughtful, deliberate and thorough in all of our actions and decisions," Dr. Middlemiss added.
Dr. Middlemiss outlined a strategy that involved visits to Fort Knox by members of the DDESS Human Resources team to provide employees with detailed information about programs and options that will be offered.
"I encourage all school employees to participate in these meetings and I also want them to know that our team will meet with employees on an individual basis to answer questions or provide specific guidance tailored to their personal needs," she added.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense dependents that would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.