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Selma Street Elementary Is Overcrowding


For Selma Street Elementary School Principal Dionne Blair the numbers are concerning.

"We had a very rapid increase in enrollment."

She's talking about student transfers.

The school has added 25 student transfers after Christmas break and more than 40-since classes started last fall.

"Many of the students have come from in system to our school and quite a few out of system Cottonwood, Rehoboth, and Slocomb so surrounding Wiregrass areas," said Selma Street Elementary School Principal Dionne Blair.

That's why Blair is voicing her concerns with Dothan City School Board members and while cramped teaching conditions aren’t favorable right now.

She hopes the issue will be resolved soon.

"We just want to make sure we have enough adequate space I’m confident that they are working on a plan to address our enrollment,” said Blair.

Until then, Blair wants parents to know their children are safe.

"Every student is in their own desk every student has their own space, it might not be as much as they would like but there is not a child who is on the floor."

It could be several months before anything is done to fix over-crowding.

For now, students will learn a little closer to someone else.


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