Robins Elementary will be open for 2008-09 school year

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  • By Holly Birchfield
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Department of Defense school officials said Robins Elementary School will remain at the base despite rumors circulating about the school's eminent closure.

School principal Bill Rose said closure rumors, which first surfaced during the 2007-08 school year, are simply not true.

Mr. Rose said they dealt with the false rumors last year as well.

Despite meetings between school officials and base housing residents to squelch rumors, false information still persists, Mr. Rose said.

"I don't know if it is starting again because (on-base) housing is being demolished across the street from the school, but we are going to be open next year," he said.

Mr. Rose said the school recently sent a flyer home with students to assure parents of the school's fate for the upcoming school year and more information is forthcoming.

The school will be open all summer for parents to register their children. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The school will welcome 140 new and returning students to a new academic year on Aug. 8.

Gail LaFramboise, director of accountability and public relations for the Georgia/Alabama district for DOD schools, said the school will remain a source of solid education for military members' children.

"Plans are underway at this moment and will continue on through the summer with teachers preparing for a really exciting school year," she said. "There will be lots of exciting things happening at Robins next year. Everybody is really looking forward to a great year."

Dr. Dell McMullen, superintendent of DOD schools in the Georgia/Alabama district, said the school has exciting happenings on its horizon.

"We're looking forward to being open in August," she said. "We will provide a top quality education for Robins children with a full array of school services."

Those services will include art, music, physical education, technology and a host of other educational disciplines.

Dr. McMullen said the school's staff is fully equipped for the 2008-09 school year.

"There's an exceptional staff at Robins that is 100 percent dedicated to serving military children," she said.