LOGAN, W.Va. — Members of the JROTC at Logan High School made a statement during lunch Thursday March 16.
A group of students in JROTC reportedly stood in formation outside of the school as form of demonstration against the proposed closure of the JROTC program.
The students, however, were reportedly persuaded by an instructor to return classes, and the event demonstration quickly and without incident.
The Logan County Board of Education is reportedly cutting around 70 positions including all three of the JROTC programs in the county.
The process of reducing the county’s workforce or transferring teachers to other positions or school systems has already began.
Teachers are reportedly being notified their jobs are in danger.
On January 18, 2017, the Logan Banner reported the Logan BOE had issued a warning that reductions in force would be forthcoming.
Logan County Schools started this year 86 positions over the state-aid funding formula.
It was also announced in January that enrollment in Logan County Schools had dropped 230 students since the previous year.
Population outflows and dwindling tax collections paired with expenditures made in previous years have reportedly strained the BOE’s once sound finances.
Projects approved by previous incarnations of the Logan County Board of Education include school buildings and expansions, auxiliary gyms and field turf on football fields in Logan, Chapmanville and Man.
President of the Logan County Board of Education, Paul Hardesty, recenlty explained to the Logan Banner the board has not yet voted for a single cut.and each reduction in force or transfer will have to be approved at a public meeting.
The next meeting of the Logan County Board of Education is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 23 at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center.