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Dennis Coe could become Dothan’s interim superintendent

The school board is expected to name a temporary replacement after accepting resignation of Dr. Phyllis Edwards.
Dennis Coe file photo
Dennis Coe file photo(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 11:01 AM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Dothan school board members will likely act swiftly to name an interim superintendent after they accept the resignation of Dr. Phyllis Edwards on Monday.

Dothan City Schools Chief Operating Officer Dennis Coe is the likely choice, according to those with knowledge of the situation. None would talk on the record until Edwards has officially resigned.

Coe has over 30 years experience in public education. He worked at the Alabama Department of Education and served as Henry County superintendent. He is also a former teacher and coach.

Edwards resignation comes after 30 turbulent months on the job. During her tenure, the city’s two high schools were consolidated and popular magnet school closed. She also closed other schools citing high maintenance costs. Before taking the COO job in Dothan he ran unsuccessfully for Dale County superintendent.

It’s not known if Coe would seek permanent appointment and, is so, if that would affect his possible appointment to an interim position.

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