Difference between revisions of "Dothan City Schools, Alabama"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Text replace - "{{Alabama (Sunshine Review)}}" to "{{Alabama}}")
Line 204: Line 204:
{{Alabama school districts}}
{{Alabama school districts}}
{{Alabama (Sunshine Review)}}
[[Category:rated Alabama school districts]]
[[Category:rated Alabama school districts]]
[[Category:School districts in Alabama]]
[[Category:School districts in Alabama]]
[[Category:Sunshine Review school pages]]
[[Category:Sunshine Review school pages]]
[[Category:Largest school districts (by enrollment) in Alabama]]
[[Category:Largest school districts (by enrollment) in Alabama]]

Revision as of 09:31, 1 January 2014

Donthan City Schools is a school district in Alabama.


The table below displays the budget for Dothan City Schools.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $21,782,959.83 5.4% $6,542,506.52 1.6% $3,066,072.25 0.8% $617,416.27 0.2% $9,097,943.31 2.3% $399,961,532.25
Averages: $21,782,959.83 5% $6,542,506.52 2% $3,066,072.25 1% $617,416.27 0% $9,097,943.31 2% $399,961,532.25

Website evaluation

Taxes N
600px-Red x.png
Budget N
600px-Red x.png
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Contracts P
Public Records N
600px-Red x.png
Academics P
Background Checks N
600px-Red x.png

School district websitesGuide.png
Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Alabama school district websites

The good

  • Financial information is available, including monthly financial reports and check registers, but the complete current budget is not posted.[2]
  • Board meeting times, agendas and archived minutes are posted.[3]
  • The Board of Education members are listed; email addresses but not phone numbers are provided.[4]
  • The Administrators are listed and a phone directory is provided; individual contact information, including email addresses, are not provided.[5]
  • Recent audits are posted.[2]
  • Bids and requests for proposals are posted.[6]
  • Salary Schedules are posted.[7]

The bad

  • No tax information is available.
  • Teacher and vendor contracts are not available. Vendor information can be found on the Alabama State website.[8]
  • No lobbyists are mentioned.
  • There is no information about requesting public records under the Alabama Public Records Law.
  • Academic performance reports are not provided. The information can also be found on the Alabama State Department of Education website.[9]
  • Background checks policies and procedures are not mentioned.

School board

Current Donthan City Public School Board members include:[4]

School board member District
Dr. Harry Wayne Parrish, Chairman At Large
Mrs. Brenda Guilford District 1
Mr. Franklin Jones District 2
Mr. Charles Woodall District 3
Mr. Jimmy Addison District 4
Mr. Ben Armstrong District 5
Mr. Chris Maddox District 6

The current superintendent is Dr. Sam Nichols.

The Alabama Public School System is supervised by the State Board of Education. The Board President is Governor Bob Riley and the State Superintendent is the Board’s Chief Executive Officer.[10]

Current Board of Education members include:

Member District Term Term Expires
Governor Bob Riley, President
Joseph B. Morton, State Superintendent of Education, Secretary and Executive Officer
Randy McKinney, Vice President District 1 2nd 2013
Betty Peters District 2 1st 2011
Stephanie Bell District 3 2nd 2013
Dr Ethel H Hall, Vice President Emerita District 4 2nd 2011
Ella B. Bell District 5 2nd 2013
David F. Byers, Jr. District 6 2nd 2011
Gary B. Warren District 7 2013
Dr Mary Jane Caylor, President Pro Tem District 8 2011


Current budget information is not available on the district website.

Academic Performance

The Alabama Department of Education's Student Assessment Program tests students K – 12 in core content areas of reading, mathematics, language, and science, including specialist populations such as special education students and limited English proficient students. [11]

The Alabama Accountability Program sets Annual Measurable Objectives for schools and school systems. To achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward system goals, schools must score at or above the set objectives and have at least a 95% participation rate amongst students. Students are tested in reading and mathematics. A school that misses AYP in the same area for two consecutive years is identified as In Improvement.[12]

AYP results for the State of Alabama and Dothan City Schools are noted below.[13] Results for individual schools within each district can be accessed through the Accountability Reporting Query System on the Alabama State Department of Education website.[14]

State of Alabama Reading Scores 2009-2010[13] - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 0.67% 12.75% 32.55% 54.04%
4th 0.29% 13.02% 30.83% 55.86%
5th 0.72% 13.63% 31.68% 53.96%
6th 0.41% 13.45% 27.00% 59.13%
7th 0.37% 16.61% 37.07% 45.95%
8th 1.14% 25.35% 36.72% 36.79%

State of Alabama Math Scores 2009-2010[13] - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 4.34% 15.53% 29.05% 51.08%
4th 2.05% 16.69% 28.17% 53.09%
5th 0.56% 16.83% 33.20% 49.41%
6th 0.07% 22.99% 40.91% 36.03%
7th 0.03% 31.21% 39.35% 29.41%
8th 0.01% 21.37% 53.03% 25.59%

Level I - Does Not Meet Academic Content Standards.

Level II - Partially Meets Academic Content Standards.

Level III - Meets Academic Content Standards.

Level IV - Exceeds Academic Content Standards.

State of Alabama AYP Results 2009-2010[13]

District Made AYP?
State of Alabama N
600px-Red x.png
Dothan City N
600px-Red x.png


The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is the teachers union for the State of Alabama.[15] The AEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[16]

School Choice

Dothan City Schools District has four magnet schools to which students can apply: Montana St. Magnet School (K - 5), Heard Magnet School (K - 5), Beverlye Magnet School (6-8) and Carver Magnet School (6-8).[17]

Dothan prepared an improvement plan in response to the district's missed No Child Left Behind Act goals in the areas of special education students' performance and graduation rates. The improvement plan focuses on dropout prevention, reading proficiency, reporting to the state, and special education.[18]

External links