Dothan not consolidating high schools for upcoming year

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – Parents, teachers, and community leaders spoke out Monday about the future of two schools in Dothan.

Hundreds of people turned out at Honeysuckle Middle School for their chance to voice concerns about the consolidation of Dothan and Northview High School.

After weeks of discussion the school board told the crowd they won't be consolidating the high schools for upcoming school year however it's still a possibility for the 2011-2012 year.

"Sometime around September we'll bring back a plan for them to consider and we'll certainly look at the financial situation in that point and time," said Dr. Sam Nichols, superintendent for the Dothan City Schools.

But parents and students say the idea of consolidation is something they can't support.

"Are we willing to allow these people to fall through the cracks with higher dropout rates lower test scores less student involvement for one point two percent of our budget," said Jude Rodgers, a parent.

"If we consolidate we lose our chances of making AYP, we lose our chances of having a better schools a better Dothan and a better community," added Stephen Tskuda, a student at Northview.

With the possibility of consolidation still in the future the school board agreed to form a committee to create a contingency plan in case consolidation happens in 2011.

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