Christian County Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill talks with Montgomery Co. Director of Schools B.J. Worthington
The Christian County Public School System and Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Schools have never formally worked together as partners in recent history, but they will attempt to do just that over the next four years as they spend a $4.5 million grant from the Department of Defense.
The grant money was awarded to both school systems because of their proximity to Fort Campbell. Numbers provided show about 27 percent of students in Montgomery County are military dependents and the figure is 20 percent in Christian.
Few specifics were given on how the funds will be spent, but Christian County Schools Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill says a large chunk will be spent hiring social workers, other employees and on technology. The University of Kentucky is also a partner in the grant and they will do the data analysis.
Ms. Gemmill says the transient nature of the military family necessitates an extra effort from the school systems to meet those students’ needs.