Dothan City Schools construction nearing completion as school prepares to start

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - With just a little more than a month left before school starts, Dothan City Schools has kicked it into overdrive.

Workers have accomplished a lot of the re-structuring checklist, but there's still a ways to go.

Wired Week put a pretty good dent in the work they have left to do, but some of the larger projects may push the completion date right up to the start of school.

Demolition, construction and restructuring - words that have been tossed around Dothan City Schools a lot this summer.

All of the various construction projects have been underway since the start of the summer.

"Our projected finish date for construction is the end of this month [July], and I think we'll be 95-100% at that point,” said Dothan City Schools Facilities Director Tim Holley.

One of the schools needing the most work was Dothan Preparatory Academy, where the city is building a road around back for pick-up and drop-off, and now it has another issue that needed addressing.

"There were planters out front that were allowing water to get back under the building,” said Holley. “Some of the piping going to the drains had been crushed over the years and the water was just seeping back under the building."

The sidewalks and landscaping had to be ripped out before more water got under to cause more erosion.

Holley says that project will wrap up in about a week, and then they will be tasked with “making it look pretty again.”

While Holley is doing that on the ground, the classic, “Dothan High School” letters will be getting a facelift.

"What we thought we'd do, we'd encase that,” said Holley. “One of our sign companies is building the metal box to cover those the same color as the exterior of the school, then they will put the lettering on the outside of the box that will say Dothan Preparatory Academy, and it will be back lit with a lighting source."

He thinks all of that external work will be finished around the same time as the various construction projects.

Holley said several of the elementary schools, like Hidden Lake, Slingluff and Highlands would be ready to open their doors tomorrow if need be.

It will be Dothan High, Dothan Prep and Honeysuckle that are going to be pushing it right up till school starts.

School starts for kids on August 20th and teachers go back the 15th.