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WV school leaders decide not to cut Junior ROTC

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Junior ROTC program at West Valley schools will not be eliminated after all, following a meeting Tuesday night between district leaders and the school board.

District leaders presented their proposal to the board of cutting the ROTC program, in order to save about $84,000 claiming the money could be used elsewhere.

Several parents and students protested against cutting the program at the school board meeting.

Superintendent Mike Brophy says the district will now head back to the drawing board, to get closer to the state allocation model.

"We've discovered recently, right now, that we are 17 certificated and 20 classified teaching positions beyond what the state allocates for you. And we pay for some of those out of our levy," Brophy said in an interview on Tuesday. "So what we're trying to do this year, is we're trying to look at primarily through attrition, not replacing people who retire or resign. As well as examine our programs for areas where we can more closely allow that state allocation model."

Sean Tabayoyon, whose eighth grade son Christian is in the ROTC program says the program is vital to many students.

"The program teaches values to students that they can't get in any other classes. Kids perform better in school and attendance," Tabayoyon explained in a phone interview with KNDO-TV, Tuesday afternoon.

Brophy says JROTC was just one of the programs the District looked to cut.

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