DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The start of Dothan City Schools is now less than a week away. Honeysuckle, Dothan Prep and Dothan High have been the centers of major construction and renovating.
There are still some miscellaneous desks, books and printers in the hallways that haven't found their way into their respective rooms just yet, but all the construction is done and teachers got back in Tuesday to start setting up their rooms.
For one teacher, this rush to get everything ready in time comes as quite a surprise.
"Even my students were texting me just like they talk, 'Ms. Barbie, retire? No,’" said Dothan High School Special Education Teacher Barbie Nelson.
Ms. Barbie has been teaching special education in the Dothan City School system for 43 years.
She thought it may be about time to retire, but the system wasn't through with her just yet.
"They said, 'We can't find anybody to do your job. What do you think about coming back?' I said, 'I'll be back.' So, I retired for two days,” said Nelson.
So Ms. Barbie went back to her room, and now has to set it up in a hurry, with the start of school less than a week away.
She's not alone, all of the teachers are frantically trying to prepare for the new school year, and for some, new rooms.
"Thankfully we were able to get in this week, and I've been able to get everything from one room to the other,” said Dothan High Math Teacher Haley Williams. “The staff's been really helpful. We've all teamed up and helped each other move around."
Several months of construction at Dothan High is finally complete, which means Dothan City Schools Facilities Director Tim Holley can let the teachers and administration get the final few things in order.
"When it first started, it was a lot,” said Holley. “Everybody's like, 'Can you make it happen, can you do this?' The secret was getting the right crews together because we really had some good teams this year."
Teachers will have the rest of this week to finish getting the rooms ready before students go back on Tuesday.