Redstone Arsenal representatives gathered with area school leaders today for the annual Garrison Education meeting. The session featured presentations on ways school districts can ease the transfer of military-connected students into their schools.
The group received an updates on the arsenal’s projected workforce growth and got a detailed briefing on the new Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children adopted by all 50 states. The compact sets uniform procedures for school districts to follow when accepting student military transfers on things such as transfer of records, immunization requirements, course sequencing, graduation requirements, athletics and extracurricular participation.
Brady Gallagher, Redstone Arsenal
Brady Gallagher, director of the Plans, Analysis and Integration office at Redstone, told school leaders to expect enrollment gains over the next several years as Redstone continues to see its workforce expand. The approximately 40,000 who work there now is expected to increase by 2,000 this year with the expansion of FBI and Department of Justice activity, with still more gains if RSA wins final approval for the proposed Space Command heaquarters.
MCS Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols
Area school leaders gave brief updates, including Madison City Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols who touched on growth (estimated 2,000 to 2,500 more students in the next seven years), community partnerships, the new elementary and middle school construction, rezoning, summer learning programs, and development of a new Strategic Plan for the district.
Shaniya Lanier, BJ S2S President-Elect
The program also included remarks from local school S2S (Student2Student) organizations, including Shaniya Lanier from Bob Jones High School. S2S organizations help military transfers - and any new student due to a move - transition into their school.