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Dothan City Schools create Superintendent Student Advisory Council

Published: Jan. 20, 2021 at 2:52 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

The Dothan City Board of Education is in charge of overseeing the education of the students in their community. But without working inside the school, how can they know what’s going on?

Dothan City School’s is asking our future leaders to be their eyes and ears.

“Public schools belong to the public and our students in my eyes are our customers so how better to get their voice to have that voice to us at the superintendent level. I want to hear what our children like and don’t like about our school system so we can work harder to make those improvements,” Dennis Coe, Dothan City School acting superintendent said.

The superintendent student advisory council is made up of 13 representatives from 5th to 12th grade.

“I think it’s really cool because he’s not just relying on the adults, he’s relying on kids as well and he’s giving the kids a chance to talk and speak as well,” Jadyn Hutchins, 5th grader at Morris Slingluff/student advisory council member said.

This opportunity gives students a chance to provide input and present them to the board. So whether it’s providing more career ready opportunities.

“A lot of students graduate high school with no idea what they want to do which is normal but to an extent I think that the Dothan City Schools and any K through 12 experience really needs to focus on that, like aiding and helping students figure out what they want to do,” Liana Shapiro, senior at Dothan High School/student advisory council member said.

Or building self-confidence.

“They can see no matter what age you can stand up and use your voice and be a voice and you can help other kids and you can actually be a leader for them. My biggest thing is I want kids to be a leader and use their voice for other kids and no matter what age you can accomplish anything,” Hutchins said.

These students are serving as a voice for every student in the entire school district.

“We’re not just the ones speaking for ourselves, were speaking for everyone and everyone has a voice. So if were connecting to our peers in every single grade and figuring out what kinds of concerns whether it has to do with the physical aspect of the school or things with the teachers. It’s really important that they take that into consideration, it’s mostly about building our future and building our education experience,” Shapiro said.

Council members will attend quarterly meetings of the Dothan City Board of Education and provide updates.

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