Roberts’ efforts bring Navy program to Coventry High School
STATE HOUSE – State Representative Sherry Roberts(R-Dist. 29; West Greenwich, Coventry) is happy to announce that after bi-weekly phone calls and dogged perseverance, the Coventry High School's JROTC application to transition into a Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program has finally been successfully approved by the Navy.
“I am beyond thrilled that the students at Coventry High School will have the opportunity to participate in the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps program,” said Roberts. “When the Air Force decided to pull its program from Coventry, I knew we needed to find another program which would provide these students with continued opportunities to put their leadership skills to work.”
Last year CHS students were told their highly-regarded JROTC program was being closed due to insufficient enrollment numbers. Since then, Roberts has been working in tandem with parents and students to find an alternative solution. Early last October Roberts urged school officials to consider the Navy program which received favorable reviews from lower level Navy leaders before being placed on hold.
When Coventry’s application was put on hold along with 23 other high school programs, Roberts reached out to Ambassador J. William Middendorf, a Rhode Island resident who served as USN under President Gerald R. Ford in May. Following their meeting, Middendorf agreed to send a letter of support for the program to Franklin R. Parker, assistant secretary of the Navy, to look into the budget issues and to support CHS’s application.
Coventry Superintendent Michael Convery, who is leaving his post, sent a message of thanks to the representative. “Please pass along Coventry's thanks to Rep. Roberts for her assistance in helping us acquire a Navy JROTC unit in Coventry,” he said.
“I am certain our cadets will continue to make their parents and their community proud in this new program,” said Roberts.
For more information, contact:
Louise Tetreault, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903