Dothan School Board holding public forum for consolidation plans

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) –   The Dothan City School Board is set to met Monday to further discuss proposed cuts to the school system.

Those proposals include laying off close to 200 teachers and possibly consolidating two high schools.

However, after mounting concerns the school board is deciding not to vote on budget cuts during their March 22nd meeting instead they'll be holding a public forum to further discuss the matter.

"I personally feel it's critical that we have the input from the community," says Libby Krietemeyer, a member of Dothan's Yes We Can Initiative.

The citizen driven community group is hoping the school board will hold off on any cuts giving everyone more time to consider options.

"I know time is of the essence in them making their plans, but the more information they can give the public the better the community will understand what's happening and have some input into what is going on in their schools," says Krietemeyer.

"We have created a best case, worst case scenario, best case is around five million dollars," says Dr. Sam Nichols, Superintendent of the Dothan City Schools.

Dr. Nichols say's worst case those cuts could be almost nine million dollars.

"We just want to make sure the community is a part of the solution and this is not just rolled out and given to us in a manner that will make it more difficult to work with," adds Krietemeyer.

The school board will hold that public forum Monday March 22nd at Honeysuckle Middle school at 5pm.

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