Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps leader
reacts to San Francisco School Board decision
By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service
November 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The director of the Junior Reserve
Officers' Training Corps for San Francisco public schools questioned
the school board's Tuesday night resolution to phase out the program
over the next two years.
"The parents support us, student government support us,
all seven principals support us, alumni associations support us.
If they all support us, then who is the school board representing?''
Lt. Col. Robert L. Powell Jr. asked today.
Powell has been involved in JROTC at San Francisco schools for
22 years and acts as the main instructor of the program at Lincoln
According to Powell, the school board's decision to phase out
the leadership program comes without any alternative program or
programs in place.
"They don't have an alternative. Everybody said that we
like what you produce, we like the way that you give the kids
leadership, but we just don't like the military portion,'' Powell
According to a spokeswoman for the school board, the board voted
4-2 to pass the resolution phasing out the JROTC. Board members
Mark Sanchez, Sarah Lipson, Dan Kelly and Eric Mar reportedly
voted to pass the resolution, with Norman Yee and Jill Wynns voting
against it. Board member Eddie Chin was not present to cast a
Copyright © 2006 by Bay City News, Inc. -- Republication,
Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent
of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.