Wiregrass Newsroom: Headland High Program Still Afloat

Headland, AL (WSFA) -- The anchor outside Headland High School signifies a source of pride for students involved with the Naval Junior ROTC program, which has been on campus for 37 years.

Without the passing of yesterday's amendments, the program might have sailed off into the sunset.

"I think it would leave a huge hole in the extracurricular activities for this county. It's been here so long, people just expect it to be here. It would be hard to replace," says Major Danny Odom, the instructor of the program.

It's hard to replace a program that continues to grow.

104 students make up the Naval Junior ROTC program at Headland, which is almost 1/4 of the school's enrollment.

"It reaches kids that may not be the football players. It's really an avenue for the kids that don't fit in to some of the other extra curricular activities," Odom says.

With all four amendments passing, the county is poised to maintain the status quo.

"With its passage, we're able to keep the lights on for another year," says Henry County school Superintendent, Dennis Coe.

However, Coe says the long-term future is still unclear.

"With the downturn in the economy, there's still the possibility that we'll have to have some cuts next year, but not that extreme."

But for now, the program's lone instructor is grateful.

"I'd like to say thank you to the people of Henry county," says Odom.

He gets to keep his job and keep teaching a program believes in.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney