JROTC program idea hits bump in the road

Back on Veteran’s Day, Kennett Consolidated School District board member Rudy Alfonso proposed the idea of starting a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program at Kennett High School, something near and dear to him after serving in the military himself.

The board, at that time, asked Alfonso to look more into it for the Jan. 13 meeting and he came with some news regarding the program.

“I was in contact with the regional director in this area and spoke to the JROTC commander for the country out of Pensacola, Fla.,” Alfonso said. “Unfortunately because of the sequestration and the shortfall they have had, there is no available funding at least under the Department of the Navy.”

Alfonso, a Navy man himself, was disappointed at the news, but hasn’t given up any optimism for the program.

“[The commander] encouraged me to talk to the Air Force because he feels they are better funded,” Alfonso said.

He plans to look further into the Air Force as a possibility and hopes to come back with more information to present to the board.

New club

A new student organization, called the Mock Trial Club, was added to Kennett High School after board approval. The club gives students the chance to learn and practice the law and judicial system through mock trial competitions throughout Pennsylvania. Two students in the club were on hand to talk and answer questions.

Approved policy

The board approved and adopted Policy 802, which organizes the structure of the schools within the district to make sure it achieves the most effective operation and instructional program it can.

The schools under the policy will be structured as follows:

• Kindergarten center

• Elementary school(s) – First through fifth grade

• Middle school(s) – Sixth through eighth grade

• High school(s) – Ninth through 12th grade

This is the fourth time the policy has been revised since instituted in 1983. The other revisions came in 1986, 1994 and 2002.

First readings

The board approved the first readings of two policies: 610 and 611.

Policy 610 refers to purchases by the district which are subject to bid or quotation.

The board must obtain competitive bids and price quotations for products or services when such a thing is required by the law or may result in monetary savings for the district.

Policy 611 refers to budgeted purchases.

When funds are available, purchases within the current budget, but not subject to bid, can be made in a manner which ensures the best interests of the district. Purchases can be made with the authorization of building or department administrators, the assistant to the Superintendent-Business Affairs or the Superintendent.

The exception is if the purchase is over $19,100 and requires the district to issue a public bid and must be approved by the board beforehand.

Enrollment down

Enrollment district-wide is down 18 students from December, but typically it is due to extended holiday travels. Once a student has 10 unexcused absences, he or she is automatically dropped, Superintendent Barry Tomasetti said.

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Candice Monhollan

Candice Monhollan is a 2012 Temple University graduate. She loves to cover sports, especially hockey. She enjoys marching with the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps and has a love of U.S. military history, which includes reenacting. Reach the author at cmonhollan@dailylocal.com .

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