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School liaison officer connects families and educators

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- School has been in session for nearly two months now, and Stanley Cindrity, Airman and Family Readiness Center school liaison officer, is available to help parents address any concerns they have about their child's education.

"My number one goal is to let Peterson Air Force Base military families know what I'm here for. I'm here to support families, particularly children," Cindrity said. "I'm most passionate about working with kids and making a difference in their lives."

The primary duty of the school liaison officer is to be a bridge between parents, administrators and base leadership.

Although he's only been at Peterson for about a month, Cindrity has already addressed a number of concerns not only from military families, but also from local administrators.

He has connections with District 11, the feeder school district for Pete, and also Districts 12, 20 and 49.

"We do have some troops who have children in private schools and I support that as well," he said.

Cindrity is there to support families from the moment they receive notice about moving to Peterson until they drive off base for the final time.

"I can connect them with school liaison officers from (their new) district," he said.

He also has information and referrals for those who are moving overseas and want to know about their education choices.

Additionally, Cindrity also works closely with Jackie Wickham, A&FRC Exceptional Family Member Program coordinator, to assist families with special needs children in the school districts.

Being so new to the base, Cindrity said about 70 percent of his job right now is reaching out to let families know that he is available.

"I want to convey to the community that I'm really approachable and I'm here for their families and their children," he said.

Cindrity is an advocate for getting parents involved in their child's education, which covers the rest of his duties.

"My second goal is to open a dialogue between parents and the administrators. I think as our resources get stretched finer and finer it's going to be even more important that parents play an active role in their children's education," he said.

Contact Cindrity by phone at 556-6141 or by email at stanley.cindrity@us.af.mil.

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