While students relax with vacations, summer camps, or Water World during their summer breaks, the work on the consolidation of Dothan City Schools has just begun.
The Dothan City Board of Education approved a slew of personnel changes in a special meeting Tuesday, and DCS Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Edwards say other special meetings will be necessary as employees try to complete the system’s realignment. The special meetings will continue to address personnel changes and will tackle construction contracts needed to improve schools before they open for students on Aug. 20, Edwards said.
“As we walk through the summer … you’re going to see construction – especially at Dothan Preparatory and Dothan High,” she said. “You’re going to see a number of meetings pop up because we’re trying to get people hired. There will still be people resigning. There will be people transferring, moving.
“All of that has to be taken care of, and the sooner we can get it taken care of, the better.”
Edwards said officials have addressed preliminary tasks at Dothan Preparatory Academy and Dothan High School, like marking walls that need to be removed.
One of the major projects will be installing elevators in buildings with more than one story in order to make those buildings compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Edwards said the school system has also been coordinating with the City of Dothan about creating a service road for Dothan Preparatory Academy.
“That will be a big deal so we can separate buses and car traffic, and we don’t want to have all the cars out on Oates Street,” Edwards said, noting the project has been designed already.
Various crews will also be painting walls, addressing water retention issues at some of the schools, and tweaking media centers as the system invests more money into those facilities. Those tasks supplement typical summer tasks like cleaning each of the buildings, Edwards said.