Tyndall officials working to meet the education needs of families

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - When airmen and women move to Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, the area's resources have to fit the needs of family members.

Tyndall officials say touring special needs schools allows the air force to bring more families back into Bay County. (WJHG/WECP)

Colonel Brian Laidlaw is touring three schools to see if the facilities work for certain Tyndall families.

"We got to see across the different spectrum of age, across the different spectrum of resources that the school district provides," said Laidlaw.

Officials took a peek into life at St. Andrews School at Oakland Terrace, New Horizons, and Margaret K. Lewis School - three special education schools.

"They have a very unique kind of population they deal with. These airmen and their families, they have children that fit into some of these schools," said Bay District Schools Superintendent, Bill Husfelt.

Laidlaw says touring schools like this allows Tyndall to bring more families back into Bay County. He says already, there's 271 family members at Tyndall with special needs.

"Through a process where we evaluate, do we as an air force or do we as a community have the resources there we need to do that," asked Laidlaw. "For the Air Force that program is E.F.M.P. Program, the Exceptional Family Member Program."

This allows more families to move to the area when the public education system can take care of a range of children's needs.

"Now we know with high confidence, that we can provide that service, and that we, the community, you, have the proven track record of success," said Laidlaw.

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