Dothan City Schools to begin downsizing

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan City Schools is planning to cut nearly 70 positions.

These positions consist of 4 clerical assistants, 3 secretaries, 2 nurses, multiple computer and physical education instructors, about 30 to 40 special education aids, and around 8 or 10 nutrition staff members.

The layoff falls under the RIF process reduction in the workforce. With the removal of these positions, the estimated savings are around $3 million.

At this moment, teachers are marked safe from the reduction in the workforce. During the meeting, Darius McKay, the principal of the new junior high, recommended a new name for the school.

“Well, we recommended that we name the new junior high Dothan Preparation Academy,” Mckay said. “That has not been approved yet.”

Mckay said the name Dothan Prep is an “academic term,” and he believes if students aspire to be great, the new name may contribute to the student’s success.

So far the two names that were recommended are Dothan Junior High or Dothan Preparatory Academy.

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