A couple of requests in front of Dothan governmental officials this week could allow Providence Christian School to eventually expand its campus.
On Tuesday, the Dothan City Commission will consider a request to annex property just east of and adjacent to the school, which is located on Murphy Mill Road. According to a document from Dothan’s planning department, the land is part of a 92-acre tract up for rezoning discussions Wednesday in front of the Dothan Planning Commission.
Comments on the document indicate the rezoning request from A-C (agricultural-conservation) to O-I (office-institutional) will “accommodate the eventual expansion” of Providence Christian. According to PCS Headmaster Emory Latta, school officials have no definite plans for campus growth but noted officials have been considering expansion for some time.
“We’ve been in a tight space, and we need to do what will best suit the needs of the students we have,” he said. “Our main focus has been to take care of the families we already have.”
According to the PCS website, the school’s campus currently occupies 20 acres and the school’s enrollment is 698 people. The campus includes football, baseball, and softball fields among other athletic facilities.
Providence Christian, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, opened in 1995 near the intersection of Murphy Mill and Brannon Stand roads. The school’s enrollment has increased throughout the years as the athletic program’s classifications indicate.
The Eagles’ sports teams competed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s smallest class, 1A, but most programs now operate in Class 3A.
The last annexation request the Dothan commissioners considered was in June 2018 when it approved the inclusion of land near the intersection of Murphy Mill and Bethlehem roads.