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Probation extended Marine JROTC program at Okkodo

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 5:15 PM Updated:

Not calling it quits just yet, Okkodo High School's Marine Corps JROTC program's probation was extended.

After officials were told the program didn't meet requirements, such as not having 2 Marine ROTC instructors, and not meeting basic mission readiness.

Superintendent Jon Fernandez says with the help of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, they were able to lobby for a second chance, saying, "I think the problem for us is that the Marine buildup that's going to happen on Guam the whole island's been preparing for this, there's been a lot of investment, it can't be the case that the only Marine Junior ROTC program was going to be disestablished at the same time, we felt that we deserved extra consideration. We wanted an extra opportunity to try to fill these requirements."

DOE is now hiring two new instructors to meet the minimum requirement after the former Okkodo ROTC instructor retired.

Fernandez says one of the challenges is retention.

Meantime, as part of cost-cutting measures, the teachers will be hired as unclassified employees.

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