Education Excellence Meeting

Col. Andre Briere, 6th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, speaks during the MacDill Council for Education Excellence meeting on Jan. 21, 2015, in the Davis Conference Center at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Quarterly meetings will continue to be held to allow parents to present their educational concerns to the council. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Larry Carpenter/Released)

Col. Andre Briere, 6th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, speaks during the MacDill Council for Education Excellence meeting on Jan. 21, 2015, in the Davis Conference Center at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Quarterly meetings will continue to be held to allow parents to present their educational concerns to the council. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Larry Carpenter/Released)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The MacDill Council for Education Excellence will be holding a quarterly council meeting on March 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Corona Room located in the Davis Conference Center at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

The meeting will consist of 6th Air Mobility Wing and Hillsborough County Public Schools leadership, community leaders, principals and parents, and is intended to provide a forum to address concerns military families have about their children's education.

"Our military kids relocate an average of nine times during their K through 12 years, compared with three times for their non-military peers," said Col. Andre Briere, 6th AMW vice commander. "Our excellent relationship with Hillsborough County Schools eases the relocation of MacDill families into the greater Tampa area, improves educational outcomes and teacher and peer support for our children."

The MacDill AFB Education Strategy signed on Nov. 17, 2014, by Col. Daniel Tulley, 6th AMW commander, and MaryEllen Elia, former HCPS superintendent, outlined the goals the council will work toward to ensure the 5,864 students who identified as part of a military family would receive the same opportunities for educational success as other children attending their schools.

For more information, parents may contact Nelly Richards, School Liaison Officer, at (813) 828-0146, or call the Hillsborough Choice Option Information Line at (813) 272-4692 and ask for Terrie Dodson, HCPS Choice Communications manager.