Special Board Meeting: Dothan City Schools

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

The Dothan City School Board approved its 2009 capital outlay plan Monday night.

The plan sets priority to projects and also places price tags on the construction or renovation proposals.

The plan makes safety the first priority by placing a $300,000 security camera upgrade at the top of the list. That is followed by the much-talked about roof makeovers for Dothan Technology Center and Northview High school for $1.85 million.

Dothan City Schools CFO, Mike Manuel, says the additions and renovations for Dothan High School's science and arts building are in the planning stages and will cost about $6 million.

New to the 2009 plan are adding classrooms to Grandview and Selma St. Elementary Schools. Manuel estimates an increase of 40-60 students at Selma and around 100 for Grandview following re-zoning of the school district.

Plans are underway to add portable classrooms to those schools until the new ones can be completed.

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CFO Mike Manuel says the School Board's more than $1 million dollars at Wachovia Bank is safe. The Board's Child Nutrition Program is located at Wachovia. Manuel says the deposits are protected by a combination of FDIC insurance and the State of Alabama's "Security for Alabama Funds Enhancement" program.

Ted Hall with Dothan City Schools say enrollment is up by 67 students at Dothan City Schools:
-Up 54 at Elementary
-Up 10 at Middle
-Down 96 at High School

Hall explains that the high school number is actually 56 because the system no longer counts kids in the CITY program, for at-risk students with legal issues. Hall says the move should also help Dothan High achieve a better graduation rate to meet AYP.

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