Dothan city schools hold lotteries for out-of-zone students

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Many Dothan parents will soon find out their children's future. Seven different city schools are conducting their school choice lottery drawings today.

Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards created school choice as an opportunity for parents to get their students into schools they aren't zoned for.

For example, Beverlye Magnet will become an art school for 3rd to 6th graders.

If a parent wants an art-focused education for their student, but aren't in Beverlye's zone, they could apply for a few open spots.

Of the 50-60 parents who applied for schools outside of their zone, most got in.

If the school didn't have enough spots, it would be put to a lottery, randomly drawing names.

It came to that point at a few schools, including Slingluff, Highlands and Kelly Springs.

The superintendent said Beverlye had 10 spots and 13 applicants, but she thinks they are just going to go ahead and take the extra 3.

"You're still going to do reading, and you're going to do math, and you're going to do science and social studies and all the core subjects, but the whole point of this is that you try to have that theme that's running through, so a parent knows what this is about,” said Edwards.

The students that aren't picked in the lottery will be put on a waitlist.

Some parents put in for multiple schools, so they may give up their spot and open it up to a parent that wasn't picked.

While most of the schools don't have to do their lotteries, Kelly Springs is scheduled to have its on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.

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