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School move forces JROTC instructor to resign

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

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INEZ, Ky. (WYMT) - It was already a topic of debate in Martin County, and the issues keep coming.

The move is underway in to get Sheldon Clark High School moved into what was Inez Middle School, but spacing issues in the school have caused problems in the JROTC program forcing the instructor to resign and upsetting parents and students.

It all comes down to a lack of space.

"There is $250,000 worth of equipment that we have to have behind a double locked door, and we have it out in the open now," said JROTC member Larry Killion.

Without the space the instructor, Sgt. Mark Rodriguez, is liable for the supplies which parents and students say left him no choice but to resign.

"He's the man who made me who I am today, and to just switch to someone else entirely in my last year would be a drastic change," said JROTC member Donny Gilliam.

Now they want help to save his job.

"There's just no words to express how I feel about this program. It's family. We're family," said JROTC member Kelsey Cote.

School district officials say the JROTC program is not the only one suffering with the move.

"We've really had to do some crisis planning and putting into place and that's created, space has been at a premium," said Superintendent Steve Meadows.

But the students say without Sgt. Rodriguez the program will be the same.

The superintendent says none of the programs are being cut, and he says right now their focus is getting everything moved into the school and starting school on time.

School starts in Martin County on August 21.

The superintendent says they will actively try to fill the instructor position before then while trying to create enough space for all programs and classes.

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