Linganore High School could lose the county's only Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program. "The reason is because of a drop in enrollment," said Michael Doerrer, FCPS communication director. "The basic issue we've been running into is that there's been a decline in enrollment over the past few years, and that's due to a number of factors that are really outside the control of the school," he continued. "I think the big part of it has been the construction of the new Linganore building, and just the amount of work it takes to keep that community together during that process, has kind of taken attention away from recruitment for these valuable programs and activities," said Doerrer.
The school system entered into an agreement with the Navy to maintain enrollment of at least 100 students in order to participate in the NJROTC program. "I'm very hopeful for the future of this program. I think right now we have around 90 students," Doerrer said.
The school system was notified in November that the program was being placed on probation as the result of the enrollment drop. If the Linganore program cannot keep the agreement, the Navy will close the unit effective June 30, 2014, as stated in a letter from Navy officials.