Local Group Disagrees with School Consolidation

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

The Dothan City School Board will vote on a controversial decision to merge two area High Schools in a few months.
Dothan High and Northview High Schools could consolidate as early as next year.
The school board cut close to $6 million dollars from its budget, yet they are still far from their goal.
The Citizens for a Better Dothan are researching alternatives to consolidation in order to close the budget gap.
"We're not an anti-group, we're a positive group that helps Dothan City Schools," says Sandy Kaston, founder of Citizens for a Better Dothan.
The merge could save city schools around $2 million dollars.
"We still don't have the true numbers that show cost versus savings," says Kaston.
"This is our future…in the hands of school board members. Students need a voice because most students don't believe we have one,” says Alyssa Newton, student director.
"We've invited everyone on the board to all of our meetings. We will be extremely transparent. We will let them know that they are welcome and we are here to help," says Kaston.
The Citizens for a Better Dothan will meet Wednesday, June 9th, at 6:00pm in the Chamber of Commerce.
The group will form committees that will eventually meet with city administration.
Several attempts were made to contact Dothan City School's Administration today for comment.
Our efforts were unsuccessful.

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