In the Anchorage School District, the JROTC program is a potential target for budget cuts; removing or reducing this program will cost the district more money than it saves. Bartlett High School, for example, has over 220 students in the JROTC program throughout the day, taking classes from teachers (retired veterans) whose salaries are paid in part by the military (50 percent).
If we cut this program, those 220-plus pupils will need somewhere else to learn and we will have to hire three “full price” teachers to replace the excellent ones we have been able to partner with at a 50-percent savings to ASD. This “savings” would not make wise financial sense. We need to share stories such as this when we’re creating lists of programs to cut so we can be informed. Thank you, veterans, for teaching our youth — we appreciate you and the excellent value you bring to the district!
- Lisa Prince
Activities principal, Bartlett High School