KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — School officials here say a small Thursday night turnout at an open forum is a sign parents are happy with on-base schooling.

Department of Defense Dependents Schools Okinawa District holds two town-hall style meetings yearly; one for the Kadena schools and one for schools on the Marine bases.

Only a handful of parents, 10 at most, showed up Thursday night at Stearley Heights Elementary School.

And Henry Meyer, DoDDS Okinawa communications officer, said 10 was more than average for the more than 4,000 students in the system.

“Although the numbers are small, it’s still worth the effort because it gives the parents an opportunity to ask questions,” Meyer said. “To us, low parent turnout means parents are happy. If they were unhappy, they would be there to let us know.”

The next open forum is March 18 at Lester Middle School from 6 to 8 p.m.

All parents who have children in schools on any of the Marine camps are encouraged to attend.

Along with the superintendent, school principals will also be on hand to help answer questions.

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