WALL TOWNSHIP — The Board of Education announced Tuesday that Wall High School Service and Leadership Academy, which includes the National Navy Defense Cadets Corps [NNDCC], will see a major cut to its programming for the 2023-2024 school year.
The board approved a resolution in the consent agenda for the “reduction of the position of Naval Science Teacher” from full-time to part-time, effective June 30, “for reasons of economy, reduction in the number of students and for other good cause.”
Students in the NNDCC program are required to complete a minimum of 100 community service hours per year. Through their coursework, students learn military history, public speaking and finance. In addition, many cadets work with their instructor after school to learn color guard for NNDCC competitions and town events.
NNDCC cadets open every school board meeting with a ceremonial presentation of the flag.
The program offers students the opportunity to earn full college tuition scholarships from the U.S. Military Academy and NJROTC with four years of military service post college graduation. Other scholarships are offered from the American Legion 529 and Allaire’s Woman’s Club.
Wall High School’s Naval Science teacher, Frank Garrison, currently teaches five courses within the Leadership Academy to approximately 40 Wall NNDCC cadets interested in pursuing future careers in the military and public service. The approved cut would make his position part-time with benefits beginning the next school year, a transition many NNDCC cadets and their families wholly disapproved of.
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