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Booming Fort Bragg families face school bus shortage

Posted August 28, 2009 7:44 a.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2009 8:26 a.m. EDT

— Military families at fast-growing Fort Bragg face a lack of buses to take children to county schools.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday that more than 200 children from the Linden Oaks subdivision are enrolled at a new elementary school and the middle school across the street. The homes were built on Fort Bragg property inside Harnett County.

Subdivision residents want their children enrolled in the county schools, but the Harnett school board doesn't have the money to provide buses. Fort Bragg commanders said the Army would take the children to schools on post, but not to county schools.

About 20 families a month are moving into Linden Oaks homes, which was built to accommodate new military families moving as part of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure program. Linden Oaks, off N.C. Highway 87, is about eight minutes from the gates of Fort Bragg.

The military projects that military families and defense contractors could add as many as 40,000 residents to the 11-county region around Fort Bragg.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer