For Immediate Release — September 11, 2013 | Pacific
Lawrence Torres III: Public Affairs Specialist | DSN 644-5786
OKINAWA, JAPAN — September 11, 2013 — The Department of Defense Education Activity Korea District will host an official opening ceremony for the newly constructed Humphreys Central Elementary School Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. in the school’s auditorium.
The guest speaker will be Col. Darin S. Conkright, the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander, who will be followed by a special performance from the U.S. Army’s 2nd Infantry Division Band.
DoDEA Korea District Superintendent Dr. Irby Miller, Humphreys Central ES Principal Joyce Diggs and Assistant Principal Jamie Wollman will also deliver remarks to students and special guests.
A replacement facility for Humphreys American School, Humphreys Central ES opened for the new school year on Aug. 26 and has since welcomed more than 550 students to the new campus. Built for a capacity of 875 students, enrollments will increase substantially over the next few years as part of a planned transition of military families from Seoul and Camp Casey to Camp Humphreys.
The ceremony is open to those with base access. Media representatives who would like to attend the ceremony must contact Bryan Morrisey, Humphreys Central ES school news liaison, at 754-9315 by 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12.
About DoDEA Pacific
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 50 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.
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