Houston schools, Robins announce military child conference

jburk@macon.comSeptember 20, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- Officials from Houston County schools and Robins Air Force Base announced Thursday a joint effort to help military children.

Superintendent Robin Hines and Col. Mitchel Butikofer, commander of the 78th Air Base Wing, said at a news conference at Huntington Middle School that their organizations are co-hosting the second annual Georgia Military Child Education Conference on Sept. 27 and 28 at the Museum of Aviation.

The conference will bring to light issues that military children face, Hines said. It is expected to draw military leaders and educators from across the state.

“We are concerned and interested in the well-being of our children,” said Butikofer, who has three children in Houston County schools.

Besides academic issues, military children must deal with being accepted into a new community and making friends, along with having important records, such as immunizations, transfer, he said.

Topics at the conference will include the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which Georgia recently joined, and the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. Both will help ease students’ transfer between states because of uniform standards, Hines said.

There are 8,022 military affiliated children in Houston County schools, and of that number, 2,705 are dependents of active duty military, according to Houston schools spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin. Total enrollment is 27,435.

To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.

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