DoDEA Celebrates Upcoming Mildred B. Poole Elementary School Dedication

For Immediate Release — April 12, 2018 | Americas
: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — April 12, 2018 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will host a school dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Mildred B. Poole Elementary School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina Wednesday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m.

"Providing the students, staff and parents of Poole Elementary School with a 21st century facility has been eagerly anticipated,” said Dr. Judith Minor, Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas. “We look forward to hearing about how the new learning environment will further advance student academic excellence through enhanced collaboration, technology integration, and STEM-based opportunities.”

DoDEA's Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director of Academics Dr. Linda Curtis, Fort Bragg/Cuba Community Superintendent Dr. Renee Butler, and Poole Elementary Principal Dr. Diane Brown will deliver remarks to students and special guests.

Poole Elementary is a 21st Century school that is a 109,106 square feet. Currently, there are approximately two administrators, 50 teachers, 25 support staff members, and 530 students from prekindergarten to 5th grade. Poole is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified facility with sustainable design strategies and enhancements for energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The HVAC system is a hybrid geothermal system with three well zones. 21st Century teaching tools such as a roof garden area, solar panels for hot water, a rainwater harvesting system, and an energy dashboard for monitoring utility use are incorporated into the building.

The school is named after Mildred B. Poole, who coordinated the integration of Fort Bragg Schools in 1951, years ahead of Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregation in all public schools. Also, Mrs. Poole was the first chief administrator and principal of the Fort Bragg School System, 1948 to 1953.

In addition to school integration, some of Poole's accomplishments toward the advancement of quality education for all school-age children hiring the first African-American teacher in 1951; procuring funds for the construction of Bowley School, which was the first permanent modern school facility on Fort Bragg; establishing a large nursery and kindergarten with funds supplied by parents; coordinating the building of several school playgrounds.

The ceremony is open to those with base access. Media representatives who would like to attend the ceremony must contact Christina Douglas, Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office at 910-396-2920 or

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.