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Parents moving to Fort Riley, Kan., this year as part of Army transformation and the 1st Infantry Division’s stateside relocation can get information this week on the schooling options for their children.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kitzingen Intermediate School, Ron Walker, the superintendent of the Geary County School District near Fort Riley, will be on hand to provide general information about school options.

Walker will answer specific questions about the schools in his district and also provide general information about other districts in the Fort Riley area. Parents will learn about the educational environment they can expect for their children upon returning to the States, according to a Department of Defense Dependent Schools-Europe news release.

Walker’s visit is being hosted by DODDS-Europe’s Bavaria District, in conjunction with the 1st Infantry Division.

“We wanted to give the people here in Germany a chance to find out something about the Fort Riley schools before they PCS (permanent change of station) out of here,” said Edwin Atterberry, chief of staff with the Bavaria District Superintendent’s Office.

Last July, it was announced that much of the Würzburg-based 1st Infantry Division personnel and assets would be departing Germany for the U.S. Several installations in Kitzingen will be returned to Germany in fiscal 2007 as part of the 1st Infantry Division’s return to the States this summer.

On Thursday and Friday, Walker will tour schools in Hanau and meet with parents and various school groups. On Friday, Walker will wrap up his visit when he meets with parents from the 1st Armored Division’s 4th Brigade from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fliegerhorst Theater in Hanau.

U.S. Army in Europe announced in January that four units with the aviation brigade would return to the States this summer. Once there, the units will be part of the 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade that is forming at Fort Riley. The brigade’s move will affect 1,200 soldier positions and 1,800 family members, according to U.S. Army Europe officials.

Government officials in Kansas anticipate more than 20,000 people to move into the Fort Riley region during the next five years.


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