ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- In what they say was a very tough decision, Albertville High School officials moved this week to cut the school's JROTC program.
School officials say the program, considered as a career tech education program, doesn't have the enrollment that others do. "Some of those programs are growing and over the last couple of years we've had to turn students away from some of the other career tech programs, whereas ROTC has been having to recruit for their program," Albertville High principal Deidra Tidwell explains.
A program leader is retiring. "We felt like this was a good time for us to look at that program and maybe expand some of those programs that we have been having to turn students away from, instead of continuing a program that might not be sustainable over time," Tidwell said.
The school's JROTC has significantly fewer students enrolled than other programs. "Budgeting and personnel, we'll be able to give to the other programs and expand those when we eliminate this one," Tidwell says.
Students are encouraged to work with their counselors to choose an alternate elective course that will continue their career readiness education. "So still, if they wanted to go into some type of job that they've been preparing for through JROTC, we have some other electives that we believe will lend toward that and still help them be successful in their goal," explained Tidwell.
School officials say the decision was a tough one to make, but one they feel will benefit the majority of the students.
The program will officially end on June 30.