Richard G. Wilson Elementary School is closing at the end of school year 2017-2018

For Immediate Release — February 2, 2018 | Americas
: Public Affairs Officer | 571-372-0604

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — February 2, 2018 — The Department of Defense Education Activity has decided to close Richard G. Wilson Elementary School at Fort Benning, Georgia at the end of school year 2017-2018. This was a collaborative decision process with the Community Superintendent and the Fort Benning Garrison leadership.

“The decision was based on enrollment, which has been declining for several years,” said Dr. Lisa B. Coleman, the Georgia/Alabama Community Superintendent. “At the beginning of school year 2018-2019, Fort Benning will have two newly constructed facilities which can accommodate a larger student population and will allow us to better utilize the neighborhood concept and camaraderie of our military children.”

Information regarding the 2018-2019 school year will be shared with all stakeholders no later than April 15, 2018. This information will include student assignments, zoning information, transportation, and special education programs.

“Wilson Elementary has a rich legacy and history,” said Ms. Michelle Allen, principal at Wilson Elementary. “I am proud to produce the best educational experience for our students.”

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.