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WüRZBURG, Germany — Department of Defense schools officials will discuss the pending move of Würzburg High School students to Bamberg High School during pre-registration events in April, Würzburg High Principal Walter G. Seely said Friday.

The move is the result of the announcement on Thursday that the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade will remain in Schweinfurt until at least 2012. The decision means that high school students who live in Schweinfurt but now are bused to Würzburg High will have to move to Bamberg High School because Würzburg closes at the end of this year.

Bamberg has about 164 students in grades 9-12 this year, while Würzburg High has about 160 Schweinfurt students, Ed Atterberry, the Defense Departments schools assistant superintendent for the Bavaria District, told Stars and Stripes on Thursday.

Although the Bamberg student population will rise dramatically next year, no one can be sure by how much, Seely said.

“A lot of the kids here are leaving soon. Their parents just got back from deployment. New students who come will register directly with Bamberg.”

Atterbury said the move to Bamberg would mean an increase in the Schweinfurt students’ commute to Würzburg.

But Department of Defense officials said on Friday that the exact commute time is not known. Specific information on busing routes and times is not yet available, Margret Menzies, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe, said in an e-mail.

Seely said that he and district superintendent Mike Thompson recently met with Lt. Col. Anthony Haager, the Schweinfurt garrison commander, but echoed Menzies in stating commute times were discussed only generally.

“We don’t even know where (Würzburg’s) teachers are going or what programs will be offered (in Bamberg) next year since our teachers have not been placed,” Seely said. “By then, teachers will be placed and faculties established.”

“There are still so many moving pieces in the Bamberg-Schweinfurt-Würzburg area... we’ll have more info when we (DODDS) make a decision,” Menzies said.


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