For Immediate Release — March 13, 2014 | NC-Fort-Bragg-District
Cindy Gibson: DDESS Public Affairs | (678) 364-8044
PEACHTREE CITY, GA — March 13, 2014 — "Next year, School Year 2014-15, Fort Bragg will open Kimberly Hampton Primary School," said Dr. Emily Marsh, Superintendent of the North Carolina: Fort Bragg District schools. This new facility will replace three existing Fort Bragg schools,"Our new Hampton School will be a 21st Century facility and will serve a projected enrollment of approximately 620 students in grades pre-kindergarten - 2. We are excited about our new school and the wonderful support it will provide for our programs." Marsh said.
"The closing of the three schools, Pope Elementary, Holbrook Elementary and Murray Primary, will impact the number of employees needed to accomplish our mission next year," said Marsh. "Though this is not a large segment of our employees, there will be a decrease in the number of administrators, teachers and support staff needed next year."
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS)-Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS)-Cuba, issued general notices of a possible Reduction in Force (RIF) on March 12, 2014, to the Fort Bragg Schools' employees who may be affected by the possible RIF.
DoDEA/DDESS leaders have already taken steps to mitigate the impact of any RIF through the announcement of the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VERA/VSIP) for those who may wish to voluntarily leave with a monetary incentive. Human resource personnel are currently determining which of the applicants are eligible for either of these programs and who will be approved for a formal offer of VERA/VSIP.
Should a RIF ultimately be required, impacted employees will receive a specific notice that will clearly state the information that was used to determine retention standing, what action will be taken and when, what benefits the employee may receive and where further information is available for review.
"We will employ every available means to reduce the negative impact to affected employees and to find placement for them in positions for which they are qualified," Dr. Middlemiss, Interim Area Director for DDESS said. "However, if, DDESS is unable to place employees in another position, it may be necessary to separate some employees from Federal Service."
"We will not be distracted by the Reduction in Force process if it must occur.At Fort Bragg Schools, our teachers and administrators will continue to focus on our mission- ensuring each student a world class educational program and supporting our military families," said Marsh.