Local group helping schools in face of budget cuts

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – Earlier this week the Dothan City School system announced layoffs may be in their future.

City schools could come up almost $9 million short for next year's budget.

If state funding decreases again, Superintendent Dr. Sam Nichols says best case they'd have to lay off 130 teachers and worst case almost 220.

The news is disappointing for groups like Yes We Can Dothan.

The citizen driven community group is working to create positive change for local schools.

"It is really depressing, and it's depressing in that this is not a new problem the problem this year is maybe more severe than in the past," says Dr. Thomas Harrison.

So with news of possible layoffs, Yes We Can is stepping up their efforts.

"We've created a better funding group so that group is having an opportunity to look at possible sources new sources or to get the most out of what we have," says Harrison.

Another avenue they're using is re-energizing programs like Adopt-A- School.

"We care we see the hole we are here to help you figure out how to fill it and to stand in the gap if we have to and do what we need to do to make sure that the positive momentum doesn't end," says Lavonda Gosselin, Adopt-A-School Director.

Gosselin says even though the future is uncertain optimism goes a long way.

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