UPDATE: W.Va. State Senator resigns from Logan County JROTC program

Published: May. 29, 2017 at 2:48 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5/29/17 @ 11:35 p.m.

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A JROTC resignation has leaders at one school district concerned about the future of their junior cadet programs.

West Virginia Senator Richard Ojeda says he has submitted his resignation as one of the cadet instructors at Chapmanville Regional High School.

With plans to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, Ojeda says he is leaving as a service to his student cadets.

"Me not having the time to be there actually takes away from that program," Ojeda said. "I want them to get an instructor for that program so that they can dedicate 100 percent of their time in making sure that program is absolutely what it's supposed to be for these kids."

But school leaders say they're concerned whether or not they'll find such a person.

School leaders brought in $225,000 in private donations to pay for the salaries of six instructors at Chapmanville Regional, Logan, and Man High Schools. In March, two of those positions needed to be filled to keep the programs alive.

But, in the months since, school leaders say they've received no applications, and two new vacancies, including Ojeda's, have opened up. Additionally, they were recently made aware that the only instructor at Man High School is no longer affiliated with the Army.

But, despite the setbacks, officials say they are not yet to the point of discussing canceling or consolidating any of the programs, hoping to find a way to fill the holes.

Ojeda says he hopes to become a substitute teacher within the Logan County School system so he can continue to be there for students when time permits.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/29/17 @ 2:48 p.m.

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- W.Va. State Senator Richard Ojeda has resigned as an instructor for the Logan County JROTC.

Ojeda said he is resigning as a service to his student cadets.

He says he believes his service as a state senator and upcoming campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives will require him to spend too much time away from his JROTC duties.

"The JROTC program has been a great success in Logan County and I do feel joy in knowing I somehow played a role in that," Ojeda said in a press release.

According to a release, he is submitting an application to serve as a substitute teacher for the Logan County Board of Education.

Ojeda was the JROTC senior instructor at Chapmanville Regional High School.

The county needs two JROTC instructors per high school to keep all the programs the county gets donations for.