West Valley Superintendent recommends cutting JROTC program

West Valley Superintendent recommends cutting JROTC program »Play Video
YAKIMA, Wash. -- More than a hundred West Valley students and their parents are upset that the school district's Junior ROTC program is on the chopping block. Nothing is final. However, the superintendent recommends dropping it next year.

JROTC member build muscle and teamwork. With each sit up, they gain more self discipline. But, this tight-knit group is counting down the days until it no longer exists.

The West Valley School District superintendent recommends dropping the Junior ROTC program next year. He blames a declining student interest and a dwindling budget. Parents tell us the program needs to stay.

"This is worth standing up for and trying to get them to reconsider," said parent Dan Henson.

Henson's is confident the school board will consider keeping the program. But, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Duncan is not so sure. He expects to lose his job while bracing his students for disappointment.

"It's kind of like their niche," said Duncan. "And, we provide what they need to feel connected to West Valley High School."

The West Valley School Board has the final say. Parents and other Junior ROTC supporters plan to go to the Tuesday night school board meeting to share their concerns. If nothing else, they say they want to be heard.