About 20 members of Santa Barbara High School’s Junior ROTC program marched to school district headquarters last Friday to protest the program’s slated termination. A controversial vote earlier this spring set the wheels in motion for the nearly 100-year-old program to be replaced next year by a decidedly non-military peer leadership program of the district’s design. Sporting fatigues and black T-shirts, the students walked from the high school to the district office on Santa Barbara Street, carrying signs and chanting. School Superintendent Brian Sarvis attempted to address the students, but beat a hasty retreat after he was bombarded with negative catcalls. The march came in response to the district’s out-of-court settlement of a Brown Act violation lawsuit brought by the local Libertarian Party. The lawsuit hinged on intimations that the board decided on the ROTC program’s fate behind closed doors nearly three months before the actual hearing on the matter.

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