Prince William County Public Schools is planning to hire a transition specialist who will help children in military families adapt to their new schools.
Children in military families move, on average, six to nine times during their school careers, school officials say. A transition specialist will work with counselors at Ashland, Henderson and Pattie elementary schools, which have the county’s highest concentration of military families.
The new position will be paid for by a $570,000 Defense Department grant. The grant also will fund curriculum and professional development for military families.
Carolyn Custard, the county’s director of student services, is a retired military spouse whose children went to 10 different schools.
“We have military families who transition all the time,” Custard said. “We want to be sure we meet their needs.”
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr issued recommendations last week on boundaries and grade configurations that affect elementary schools in Silver Spring and Clarksburg.
Starr backed a continued “pairing” of New Hampshire Estates and Oak View elementary schools in Silver Spring. His plan would keep grades as they are now, with students in pre-kindergarten through
second grade attending New Hampshire Estates and those in third through fifth grades going to Oak View.
Starr also proposed boundaries for a new elementary school in Clarksburg that will draw students from two overcrowded schools : Little Bennett and Cedar Grove.