Low enrollment reason for Daleville Middle School closing

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Andrew Kelley is the superintendent of Daleville city schools. He says the decision to close the middle school was made last month.

Proration and low enrollment numbers are to blame for the closing.

"We estimate that we could save anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 dollars by making this move," says Kelley.

Ideally, 500 students would keep the school open; currently there are less than 400. However Kelley says the move isn't all doom and gloom.

"By the reconfiguration we would then qualify for a full assistant principal you know and we would also qualify for a full assistant principal and we would also qualify for a full assistant principal at the elementary school so in some areas we are going to gain."

Kelley says funding is based on the amount of students in a school.

More students mean more money and for Principal Betty Flemming, she says students aren’t losing sleep over the switch.

"I have talked to a couple of students and they seemed to be excited about it," says Flemming.

Back in 1992, a similar switch was made between the schools. Officials say the middle school will not reopen until more students are enrolled.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Daleville on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    Standards are taught everyday...the students have got to want to do well on the test!!! The teachers can't take the test for them. Administration needs to come up with some type of incentive for the kids! Also, our Administration needs to be consistent with discipline and run the school instead of letting the students and parents run the school.
  • by Daniela Location: Fort Rucker on Mar 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    I am sorry to hear about the closing. I wish the state test scores would be higher at Daleville Schools. That way, a higher number of military families, from Fort Rucker, would send their kids to Daleville instead of Coppinville in Enterprise. That way, the schools can get extra money for each military child. Let's work on the test scores and Daleville will see an increase in students.
  • by anonymous Location: enterprise on Mar 17, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    The previous subscriber obviously has no idea about how schools are ran. It's not up to the parents...it's about funding. The more students enrolled, the more funding you receive and visa versa. The school system will still house all grade levels (K-12). K-6 will fall under the umbrella of Windham (elem) and 7-12 will fall under the high schools umbrella. There will just be two schools in Daleville's system instead of three. I don't see what the problem is especially if it's going to benefit the funding of the schools. This funding goes back to the students for the purchase of textbooks, computers and other educational needs. This can only help the future of our students education not harm it. Trust me...as Mrs. Flemming stated Our students are not losing any sleep over this merge. Things are operating as normal.
  • by annonomous Location: Dothan on Mar 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    To close the school is wrong. These children in our schools today are giong to be our future. What kind of message are the parents sending to their children by letting this happen? It is cheating them of their future.
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