By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

The bottom line is, there are more students enrolling in these schools which means there simply isn't enough room for all of them.

“I would say at Selma St. 50 / 60 maybe even a little more than that, and then 100 or so at Grandview," says Mike Manuel, Chief Finance Officer.

The elementary student body in Dothan is expected to increase which means schools like Selma Street and Grandview Elementary will need to expand.

"For capital Outlay purposes, we get approximately $2 million a year and that is a combination of money from the state and then there is a local match the system has to put up but its about $2 million a year," says Manuel.

Another project in the works is at Dothan High School. Funding for that is coming out of a statewide bond issue that the Dothan school board acquired last year.

Money from the capital outlay plan is separate.

"The board is required to have this five-year capital outlay plan approved every year. you update it with any new projects or any projects that you do during the year that were dropped off the plan," says Manuel.

School leaders say they are looking forward to the change because it will benefit the students.

"It's a great thing. We are in the business of teaching students so we are not going to turn away anybody. And as far as the funding is concerned, the more students that you have, the better funding you will have for your school," says Principal Charles Corbitt of Selma St. Elementary School.

For now, there is no set date on when the project will begin.
School officials say they are watching enrollment closely to make sure there is a definite need for more space.

In order to accommodate students during the renovations, there will be portable classrooms in place- similar to those at Dothan high school.

Those are expected to be up next summer in case construction begins next fiscal year.

Other projects that are in the works include a $1.85 million roofing project for North View High School, and a $300,000 security camera system upgrade.

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