Phenix City residents back from BRAC trip

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Some east Alabama residents are back in the valley after a trip to Fort Knox. The weekend trip was planned to help prepare for base realignment and closure, or BRAC, and how it will affect the area.

For the third time over the past few months, Phenix City School Superintendent Dr. Larry DiChiara made a trip to Fort Knox Kentucky to discuss BRAC plans, "The first time it was mainly to introduce ourselves to them. The second time we went it was a job fair where we were trying to recruit people for jobs. This time, these are people who already made the decision to come to Fort Benning, it's just whether or not they will live in our community, Columbus, Harris County or the Chattahoochee County communities."

DiChiara met with nearly 400 soldiers and their families to introduce everything Phenix City schools have to offer, "It has information about every one of our schools, it has quick facts about our district."

It's estimated that 3,800 school age children will be coming over the next few years because of BRAC and at this point it's unknown what percentage of that will actually enroll in Phenix City schools.

"It was mainly to say hey, we would like for you to come to our school district, here's what we have to offer, go research everyone else and if you decide to come to us, we'll be glad to have you," DiChiara added.

Dr. Dichiara also says the parents he spoke to, several are planning on sending their children to the area before the new school year starts. He says no matter how many kids enroll in Phenix City schools, he'll make room for them.

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