School consolidation at Meade upheld

December 16, 1993

The Army Corps of Engineers has concluded that consolidating three Department of Defense media schools at Fort Meade will have no significant environmental impact on the post.

The final report will not be publicly available until next week, according to Jack Butler, who works in the corps planning division in Baltimore. But the overall results of the study were released by the Pentagon yesterday. No details were made public. An Army statement simply says the environmental assessment shows no adverse impacts due to the move.

The schools will be located on the post over the next four years, bringing 570 students, 300 military personnel and 75 civilians. The first, scheduled to arrive next year, will be the Defense Visual Information School, now at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.

In 1996, the Army Defense Information School, now at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana, should arrive. And in 1997, the Navy Photographic School is scheduled to move to the fort from Pensacola, Fla.

The schools will train people interested in public affairs fields in the military.

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