JROTC In Jeopardy

These are uniforms for JROTC cadets at Choctaw County High School.

Whether or not they will be used this coming up school year is still somewhat in question because the district is now scrambling to find funding for the program at its two high schools.

"We have no funding at this time for the program."

Superintendent Sue Moore says the problem is that over the last three years grant money for the program at Choctaw County High and Southern Choctaw High has dwindled to the point that the district cannot afford to pay the four instructors which the Army requires.

"I think the program is going to need around $166,000 and that will support the program at both ends of the county and that's what we want to happen."

To help make this happen, Superintendent Moore says the district is now starting a major e-mailing and letter writing campaign to local, state and federal lawmakers soliciting help. However when it comes to money woes, district officials say they have many.

Here's just one challenge that the district is facing. The Language Arts Books from elementary to high school for the district are all 15-years-old. This coming up school year new language arts books must be purchased throughout the district. However, with the state only providing $17 for each of the books, which will cost about $60 a piece, the district is already facing a major money crunch.

"We have to make choices and we first have to come with academic programs. ROTC is a great part," says Superintendent Moore. "It influences academic programs but we first have to have as they say in the old school, 'Reading, writing and arithmetic."

The school board is set to meet again on July 28th at 5:30 p.m. to evaluate their campaign's progress.


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