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Dothan City Board of Education approves freshman academy and DCS virtual school

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 9:25 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

It was a unanimous decision as the Dothan City Board of Education approved the three part solution called “The Movement.” Come the 2021-2022 school year there will be a freshman academy, a two-strand curriculum and a DCS virtual school.

“We cant turn back the clock and undo what’s already been done, all we can do is attempt to fix things moving forward and that’s the intention here. To be able to reduce the overcrowding at DPA as well as to develop a more advanced curriculum for those students 7th, 8th and 9th grade. I think it’s a win win for everybody,” Dennis Coe, acting superintendent for Dothan City Schools said.

The new DCS virtual school will be available for 7th through 12th grades

“Stand alone school. The state requires that we have a minimum of 250 students to have a virtual school. I think it’s going to help our enrollment. We have already had students and parents from other counties around call and ask us about next year and so I do think it’s going to help our enrollment a good bit,” Maria Johnson , director of curriculum services said.

9th graders at Dothan Prep Academy will now be moving to the Carver campus, while carver students will be moving to the former Cloverdale Elementary campus.

A change Carver parents are not taking lightly.....

“But the way they do it, is once again to go to the magnet families and say were gunna kick you out of your school and were gunna make you go across town. There’s really just no consideration for the families of these magnet kids who have had to suffer the indignity of their schools closing only to have it happen again,” William Nichols, Carver parent said.

But as the school system is addressing the issue of overcrowding by moving the students - parents are asking that one thing remains..... “the name”

“We’ve only been there for less than two years and already were being told, listen you’re going to have to throw that stuff in the trash. You’re going to be at a whole new school that’s been closed for two years and you’re gunna have a new name. So respectfully I think what we would like at the very least is to keep our name,” Nichols said.

And the board hopes it will too.

“it has a strong history of tradition within Dothan City Schools, I think pretty much all of the board were in agreement that the Carver name needs to remain in either one or both of the schools,” Coe said.

DCS will provide a bus to shuttle students to afterschool activities from the freshman academy. The board will be deciding on what the freshman academy and the new school for Carver students will be called on December 3rd.

The Dothan City School Board hired, Dr. Mark Kirkemier, former deputy state superintendent of education over curriculum and instruction to help lead the task-force for the new two-strand curriculum at DCS.

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