Superintendent speaks after JROTC program cancelled at Sussex Tech
GEORGETOWN, Del. – The Junior ROTC Program at Sussex Technical High School will officially end at the end of this school year.
The school had been trying to find instructors for the program since February, but was not able to find anyone. They say after the two current instructors leave, the program will not be able to continue to operate.
on Tuesday, 47 ABC spoke with Delaware residents who say they wish the school would’ve reached out to the public more in their search for instructors.
“It’s hard for me to imagine that they can’t find somebody given that Dover Air Force base is around here, you’ve got some of the biggest American Legion and VFW posts in the country around here and that they can’t find somebody who is willing to step forward?,” One resident, Keith Steck, said.
But Superintendent Stephen Guthrie says the school worked on finding replacements immediately. Guthrie says as soon as he found out about the instructors leaving, he hosted a board meeting and invited community members to come voice their concerns or ideas.
“We tried to keep the public informed as much as possible, I found out on January 24th that both instructors were planning to leave, and in fact they’re the ones who recommended the collapse because they didn’t think we were going to get any instructors based on their experiences,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie tells 47 ABC that in terms of students rankings within the program, any student who has completed at least two years of the program is considered certified. He adds that the school is currently reaching out to incoming ninth graders to make sure they know the program will not be there next year.