West Valley school board looks for new ways to fund JROTC program

West Valley school board looks for new ways to fund JROTC program
YAKIMA, Wash. -- KIMA has continuing coverage on the threat to cut the Junior ROTC program in the West Valley School District. It now looks like it won't happen.

Superintendent Michael Brophy told K-I-M-A he changed his mind after more than 100 parents and supporters showed up at last night's school board meeting. The board will now find new ways to pay for the program. Students we spoke with say the program motivates them to go to school everyday.

"It's the best program here at West Valley," says Freshman Ethan Ries. "It's what keeps me here. I would've left because this is the program to take. It's number one. It's shown improvements in my grades and it's shown improvements in a lot of people's lives."

The board will discuss its options at the next council meeting.