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Dothan, AL - Dothan City Schools got some good news.
"Today I'm going to point to a number of successes that you can celebrate," said Dr. Jim Williams, Executive Director, Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA).
The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama or PARCA gave a full report on the school system, and Superintendent Tim Wilder says things look good.
"I think most everything did improve. If you look system-wide the trend, from 2008-2012, everything has improved from the ARMT results, but there are some concerns there," said Dothan City Schools Superintendent Tim Wilder.
Concerns like the gap between poverty and non-poverty students. This comes as no surprise, but Wilder says it's bigger than they'd like to see. They are already taking steps to close the gap.
"Instead of waiting for a student to fail a test, what we're trying to do is to be proactive and try to catch them and remediate them if we need to," said Dothan High School Principal Stan Eldridge.
Wilder says they've been able to do all of this with very little.
"Dothan and Houston County both levied the least amount of millage in ad velorum taxes, which is our property taxes, versus some of the systems like Hoover and even Enterprise, Selma, and Auburn levy these huge taxes, and we're outperforming them in education," said Wilder, "I think that shows we have great people working in our system. We have students that are working hard, and our teachers are getting after it every single day."
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