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Special Dothan School Board Meeting Brings Big Crowd and Big Topics

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Superintendent Tim Wilder started off by asking the board to approve a new alternative school program that will limit classroom disruptions.
The program is aimed at students who continue to cause trouble for teachers and students.

“It's for elementary middle and high the difference is we will have a P.E. instructor there it’s hard for anybody to sit still for 7 and a half hours we will have a counselor a full time principal.” Dothan City School Superintendent Tim Wilder said.

Wilder says having this program could help parents out financially.

“Too many times we send them home for 4 or 5 days 10 days, put them on the streets and parents have to take off work or whatever. Well this plan will eliminate our out of school suspension.” Wilder said.

And they won’t have a tough time finding teachers for this program.

“We are going to change the scope of the alternative school and expand that program back to what it was several years ago by adding additional teachers from the other schools therefore there won’t be any additional costs for any new teachers.” Chief Financial Officer Mike Manuel said.

Although the alternative program won't add any financial burdens, board members approved a more expensive project, but it was one they say was needed.

“It was 7-hundred thousand dollars to pave the parking facilities at Northview high school and the Dothan technology center and possibly construct an additional parking area in front of the gym and the fine arts building.” Manuel said.

They also hope to have an architectural study at Northview to determine the cost of a new athletic facility.
And the news gets even better.

“We been put in this position because the Alabama Athletic association put us in a different region so instead of us going to smith station and auburn and enterprise now we are going to mobile and we are having to go travel for area games in mobile Alabama and we know that’s going to increase our travel.” Wilder said.

Northview and Dothan high will each get 40-thousand dollars for travel expenses for activities like football and band.

Board members also talked about an incentive pay increase for certified employees, but say they need to work out the specifics before bringing it up for a vote.


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