By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
The Vallejo City Unified School District came “this close” to losing its 45-year-old Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program for lack of interest, but signed up the required number of students just under the wire.
Until about two weeks ago, there were some 80 students enrolled in the Jesse Bethel High School program, which needs at least 100, officials said.
“The Vallejo city Unified School District has one NJROTC teacher and the U.S. Navy provides a second NJROTC teacher,” Vallejo school district superintendent Adam Clark said in an email a couple of weeks ago. “Each high school teacher can teach a maximum of 160 students per day and no class will exceed 35 students. There are currently 81 students enrolled in the NJROTC program. The Navy has set the minimum enrollment number at 100 students.”