Dothan Schools Free From Supervision

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

On Wednesday, Federal Judge Harold Albritton ruled that Dothan City Schools had satisfied the conditions of a decree stemming from a lawsuit in the 70's over desegregation.

Superintendent Sam Nichols said at a press conference Thursday, "Prior to Lee vs. Macon, Dothan School System operated a dejour segregated school system which is constitutionally wrong."

So, what's next for the Dothan School Board now that they've achieved unitary status? What will be their first actions without having to go through the federal government?

"That will be our focus now, the five year strategic plan for excellence,” Nichols said. “Now we want to have our community forums, our round tables to present that plan to the community.”

Even representatives from the plaintiffs in the original lawsuit felt that the school board had done more than enough to meet the expectations set for them. That feeling is common among local community members

"A problem with minority hiring? What’s with the 10 black principles,” asked NAACP Member John Martin. "They could have gone themselves if there's a problem. That's why I agree with coming out from under it."

Now that school board members will be able to perform without federal supervision their main task will be to put this situation behind them.


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  • by Leah Location: Malvern on Jun 28, 2007 at 09:11 PM
    The beginning of the end I believe. You take out religion, you don't enforce dress codes or penalize the foul mouths in high school and now; you are not providing a "supervisor" for the adults to follow their responsibilities to the students. I believe for every female teacher hired there should be a male hired. For each black, a white should be hired. For each student's visit to the principles office; both parent's should be required to attend the school for a meeting (divorced or not). Involve the parent's whether or not they want to be involved and perhaps we will begin seeing a difference. No supervision means trouble for all around.
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