There are many ways people support the school system in addition to their tax dollars.

Private donations to Dothan City Schools and community investments in programs amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

The fundraising by the Wolf Pack Band Boosters supports half of the Dothan High School band program’s annual budget, matching the school system’s contribution.

Adoption of the recent LeanStream crowdfunding software allows individuals and organizations to support “needs” that arise within the school system. In less than a week after it was posted, $2,000 was raised to pay off lunch debt at school year’s end — an act that ended the alternative lunch program.

Donations are not a reliable stream of income to support and maintain programs, but they’re a good way for people, churches, organizations or businesses to earmark their contributions so that the money goes to things they care about.

In addition to ongoing relationships with community partners, these are just a few donations recently received by the Board of Education:

» $2,100 by Mike D. Schmitz to be used for the Dothan Preparatory Academy wrestling program.

» $1,200 by Emily Heersink to be used to purchase books for the media center at Girard Intermediate School.

» $2,000 by Imagine Learning Inc. to be used for instructional classroom purposes at Girard Primary School.

» $4,500 by Wiregrass Ministries Inc. to be used for general education, field trips and supplies at Jerry Lee Faine Elementary School.

» $2,000 by Academy of Health Science to be used for biomedical science at Dothan High School.

» $2,000 by Biomedical Science Proposal to be used for biomedical science at Dothan City Schools.

» $1,645 by state Rep. Jeff Sorrells to be used to purchase the Sibme video coaching and collaboration for Highlands Elementary School.

» $2,700 by Ben and Shayne Slingluff to be used to purchase a storage building for Girard Primary School.

» $4,350 by Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce to be used for the purchase of school T-shirts for Girard Primary School.

» $15,000 by state Sen. Donnie Chesteen to be used for the Dothan Technology Center.

The Dothan City Schools Board will hold its next board meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, in its new boardroom, which is in the auditorium of the Dothan Early Education Center on Honeysuckle Road.

Board members are expected to accept bids for the new elevators at Carver School For Mathematics, Science and Technology and Dothan Prep and for the renovations of classroom space at Dothan Prep’s cantina building.

They also will vote on requesting ownership of all remaining school properties.

Other notes include:

» The flu continues to circulate heavily in the Wiregrass, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

A message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: “The flu season is just getting started; elevated flu activity is expected to continue for weeks. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk from flu and its potentially serious complications.”

» The Houston County School Board will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

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Chalk Talk, an education notebook compiled by education beat reporter Sable Riley, appears each weekend in the Dothan Eagle and at

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