Pasco High School to lose its NJROTC program
Cadets in Pasco High School's Naval Junior ROTC program are trying to rally support for their unit, which has been tagged for closure.
The students have contacted local media outlets hoping to get word out that they want to save their program.
Principal Pat Reedy told the Gradebook that he received a call late Thursday from the NJROTC area commander saying that Pasco High's program would be one of 19 shut down across the country. "I'm assuming it's because of ongoing low enrollment," Reedy said, adding that he had not received an official letter from the NJROTC yet.
The NJROTC requires high school units to enroll at least 100 students annually. Pasco's numbers have been about half that for several years, Reedy said.
Rear Adm. David F. Steindl, commander of Naval Service Training Command, said in a news release (see below) that the decision was all about numbers.
"We cannot maintain units that consistently fail to meet minimum enrollment standards and are not in compliance with NJROTC program directives," Steindl said.
"We have put plans in place" to get more students into the program, he said. "But kids have reading requirements and course requirements" that keep them from entering electives. Those have hindered growth of the program.
We'll bring more details as we get them.