JROTC program will continue at Salem High School
This week, however, the School Board approved a plan that will keep the program running for at least the next two years.
Superintendent Michael Delahanty said the only difference is that the district will now have to fund the $59,500 of the program’s $191,000 operating budget that was previously funded by the Air Force.
“The Air Force requires us to have 100 cadets,” he said. “To that point, we’ve never really been required to have 100 cadets.”
“We’ve had correspondence from the Air Force over the years, but never to the point where they’ve said you don’t have 100 cadets so you have to begin deactivating,” he said.
“We have an outstanding unit that means a great deal not only to our school and school district, but also to our community,” Delahanty said. “It represents the school district with tremendous dignity and pride and reflects all the attributes and characteristics that I would want in youth today.”
Delahanty said it looked like the deactivation would move forward, and he met with the cadets last Thursday to break the news to them.
On Friday, Delahanty said he received word from the Air Force that the JROTC may be able to continue under the NDCC. The only difference between being under the Air Force and the NDCC is that under the NDCC, the district receives no funding for the program.
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