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Members of an Army JROTC class perform a flag raising Friday morning during a Veterans Day ceremony in this Eagle file photo.

The upcoming consolidation of the city’s two high schools will likely lead to a consolidation of the city’s JROTC programs.

The Dothan City Board of Education is expected to approve a recommendation by the Superintendent to operate a single Army JROTC program beginning with the 2019-20 school year.

Currently, an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Program is operated at Dothan High School while a Marine JROTC program takes place at Northview.

Bill Singleton, the current principal of Northview High School and the man slated to become principal of the city’s lone public high school at the Northview campus, suggested operating the single Army JROTC program in a letter sent last week to Edwards.

Singleton said proximity to Army post Fort Rucker was the primary reason the recommendation was made to operate the Army JROTC program.

“Fort Rucker is the closest military base to Dothan at approximately 25 miles,” Singleton wrote. “The closest Marine base is Albany, Georgia, at approximately 85 miles.”

Current enrollment in the Army JROTC program at Dothan High School is 131. Current enrollment in the Marine JROTC program at Northview is 105.

The current Marine JROTC program is one of only five Marine JROTC programs operating in Alabama, according to Singleton’s letter.

Edwards said she does not expect any increase in financial responsibility, although the expected increase in JROTC enrollment into the single Army program may require an Army personnel employee.

Edwards said the rest of the school year will be used to finish the Marine JROTC program and catalogue equipment and materials.

The Board is slated to consider the recommendation during a scheduled meeting Monday at 5 p.m. at Beverlye Magnet School.

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