DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Barnabas School of Leadership submitted an application a few weeks ago in hopes to bring a charter school to the Greater Beulah Baptist Church campus in Dothan.
An idea that doesn’t sit well for a public school system like Dothan City Schools.
“This is our first time hearing about this. However, I do believe it will have a negative impact the charter concept, in general, can be summarized in this matter you’re taking it and funding it with public dollars,” Dr. Coe said.
The Barnabas School of Leadership plan is to start off with grades kindergarten through 5th for the first three years before adding more — close to 200 students would be on the campus.
Its mission is to provide more avenues of education, especially for underprivileged children.
“It’s not to compete with Dothan city schools or take money from them,” Pastor Darryl Roberts said.
“We’re gonna lose somewhere between two and three million dollars annually, we would be between 20 and 30 and certified staff and 50 support staff,” Dr. Coe said.
Dr. Coe says with the huge blow to elementary schools. It is a possibility they would have to do some rezoning.
Pastor Darryl Roberts says it will not have a negative impact they hope the proposed charter school would work alongside the public school system.
One of the biggest challenges he sees that the charter school can help with is the third-grade reading scores among other challenges.
It’s evident that Barnabas School of Leadership is needed in this community I believe it will enhance the mindset of children in this community,”
A meeting was held Wednesday night at the proposed location to hear from community members for or against the idea.