Dothan City Schools announces new DHS coaches and plans for HVAC renovations at special called meeting

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan City School board is considering new course options and more cost saving measures before the start of the new school year. Those are just two of the many things they accomplished at a special called meeting Thursday afternoon.

"I'm very excited about what we're doing,” said Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards. “I mean, the amount of work and activity going on in this school system is incredible."

There is so much going on with the Dothan City School system that Superintendent Edwards thought the board needed a special called work session and meeting.

Chairman Mike Schmitz led the meeting by mentioning the possibility of an auto motive class at the high school next year.

He said they have a program the mechanics go through at the Mercedes Benz dealership, and it would transfer easily to career tech.

Next on the agenda was a presentation from Trane, an HVAC company with a proposal to update some of several schools systems and lighting.

The improvements would save around $400,000 per year in energy, but it will cost the district just over $10 million to install.

They are hoping the investment pays for itself within 19 years.

It's not just about the money - the systems need to be changed for the kids' safety.

"The system at Dothan High is 40 years old, and not many of us have a 40 year old air conditioner at our house so it needs to be completed,” said Dothan City Schools CFO Mike Manuel.

The biggest announcement of the afternoon however, was definitely high school coaches.

Janasky Fleming will be the new boys basketball coach, and Alex Sanford will stay with the school as the head baseball coach.

"It's a bunch of college athletes running around in our family and high school athletes,” said Fleming. “We just love to help kids and love to be around the competitive nature of sports."

"It's a tremendous opportunity to put the kids on the biggest stage in athletics in the state of Alabama,” said Sanford. “You're competing against your Hoovers, your Central Phenix Cities, your Auburns for state championships now."

The school board approved Trane's proposal and is hoping to start the renovations right after school starts.

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