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Resources for Active Military Families



“There are almost 900,000 veterans and members of the military in Ohio. The state says about 34,000 Ohio children have at least one parent serving in the military as active duty, reserve or Ohio National Guard members. Officials say schools can help those families address related issues, such as students having to change schools frequently and coping with the effects of a parent's deployment.”

Whitney Elementary is committed to easing the transition of our military-connected students and their families.  We understand that moving to a new area can be difficult, and we aim to help our families make this transition as smoothly as possible. Even in Strongsville, Ohio, we are fortunate to serve many children of military personnel who have enrolled in our district. Parents are also encouraged to review the Checklists for Transitioning Students to ensure that all necessary documents are on hand for the registration process. Additional resources are listed below.

Mrs. Debbie Gonczy serves as our school military liaison. She along with our Principal, Mr. Glen Stacho and School Counselor, Mr. Eric Schibley are available to guide you as you become part of our Whitney Elementary family. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or if you need guidance.

Your school military liaisons are:

Mrs. Debbie Gonczy- Music teacher -

Mr. Glen Stacho - Principal -

Mr. Eric Schibley - School Counselor -


Additional Information and Resources

The Military Child Education Coalition is a global, non-profit organization that focuses on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) has published a guide for parents, educators, and public administrators that describes issues that may be encountered during the transition process and how they should be addressed.

Military One Source has a wealth of advice and helpful information to connect military families to a wide variety of services, programs, partnerships, and opportunities that are available to military personnel and their families. Two particularly helpful articles include Parenting & Children and For Military Youth and Teens.