PAWTUCKET—A former teacher, coach and public school activist says she objects to a proposal to have a Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) at Shea and Tolman High Schools and wants the School Committee to reconsider its previous vote of support.
Maggi Rogers, a longtime city resident and the mother of two Tolman graduates, says she was “gravely concerned” after learning of the School Committee's vote last week to support a memorandum of understanding for a Marine CorpsJROTC to be implemented at two out of the three city high schools.
At last Tuesday's meeting, the School Committee voted 7 to 0 to support the plan that will likely pave the way for the JROTC programs to start in the fall of 2014. Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke said she was a strong believer in the benefits and opportunities afforded by JROTC and had reached out to all of the local military branches shortly after being hired in Pawtucket. READ THE FULL STORY IN WEDNESDAY'S PAPER.