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Dr. Edwards facility vision plan includes a new career tech center

Dr. Edwards facility vision plan includes a new career tech center
Dr. Edwards facility vision plan includes a new career tech center(Dothan City Schools)
Published: Aug. 24, 2020 at 6:57 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

Despite these uncertain times the Dothan City School system is looking into the future. A multi-million project that will include a new career technology center.

Dr. Phyllis Edwards introduced a 5 year, 7 phase facility vision plan to the school board that will include a brand new 15 million dollar career tech center.

The first phase includes moving all of the career technology programs except culinary arts to a new location that will have 15 classrooms, 6 labs, 6 shops and adittional space.

“Hey this program is just booming and we want need to double the space of it and this one we haven’t seen as much interest in, you certainly have the flexibility to mix that up or expand and contract programs over the years,” Raleigh Price, architect for SS&L said.

The possible plan in phase one also includes renovations to the convocation center. A capacity over 900, serving as an auditorium with retractable performance seating. As well as basketball and volleyball upgrades.

”This particular layout that you see here, again that retractable seating folds up into corner there, nice and neat out of the way. Then what we’ve laid out, is we have come in and we’ve dropped in right here your typical volleyball curtain dividers and you can see that you pick up 2 volleyball courts in this space,” Price said.

Later phases of the proposed plan include transforming the Dothan Technolgy Center into a 9th grade academy, that will include 18 classrooms and a total of 750 students.

“To bring over the 9th grade academy currently at DPA on site so you get the benefit, the value, the logistics of having all of your 9th through 12th grade students on one campus,” Price said.

Other phases include a new fine arts building, the expansion of classrooms and cafeteria at the main high school, a new science wing, and expansion of career tech center to include culinary arts.

But the last and final phase includes a new sports complex. An 8,000 seat stadium that will serve for football and soccer with the addition of tennis courts and practice fields.

“But even beyond what this would directly do for Dothan High as a school individually this is certainly a major amenity to our entire community,” Price said.

After each phase of the entire plan is totaled, it would cost almost 103 million dollars to execute.

For more information on the proposed plan click here: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/meetings/TempFolder/Meetings/8-20-20%20-%20Master%20Plan%20for%20Dothan%20Technology%20Center%20and%20Dothan%20High%20School_235044vpjarglugni0ihhretbcglcv.pdf

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