Volkel ES History

Opened: 1990
Closed: 2007

Volkel Elementary School was a small school that served the dependents of military members based at Volkel Air Base which was two miles from the school. The school was opened in 1990 and replaced the Uden American Elementary School.

The school was an older brick structure with two large classrooms and a media center which housed a video system, computers and educational materials for students and staff. There were twenty-seven pupils, grades K-6, enrolled for the 1993-94 school year. The school staff included two teachers, a teaching principal, a part-time Host Nation teacher, library clerk, secretary and supply clerk. Additionally, a special education paraprofessional aide served student’s needs on a part-time basis.

According to the Stars and Stripes, it was announced in 2005 that Volkel was going to be closed because it did not meet new security requirements ordered by the U.S. European Command. In December 2005, Diana Ohman, the European Director stated that it would not be cost effective to spend $750,000 to bring the old building located outside the nearby Dutch air base into security compliance. Additionally, the lease for the building was expiring at the end of the school year. The decision was made to keep the school open for an additional year and relocate it inside the Dutch base for the 2006-2007 school year. The school was closed in 2007.


Information from DOD School Information Guides

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