DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Students are being given a voice to express their concerns in Dothan City Schools with a group called Superintendent Student Advisory Council.

Instead of adults telling kids what to do, the kids are able to say what’s on their minds.

“Just getting our opinion out there, it shows the board cares because they gave us the opportunity to come out here and speak today and the fact they want to know what we are thinking,” Chairman of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council Jules Singley said. “They want opinions from everyone involving the school system including the students. And it means a lot that they took the time out of their day to hear from us.”

This was the first face-to-face meeting with the school board since the start of this group in 2020.

It meant as much to the superintendent as it does to the students.

“One of the things that was important for me was to always maintain an ear to our students,” Superintendent of Dothan City Schools Dennis Coe said. “So we developed our superintendent student advisory council. So we have representation from students from grades five up.”

The student advisory council voted unanimously to make sure one topic was brought to the attention of the board.

“We don’t have any recycling and how we need to get better at protecting the students and recycling and being better about our environment,” said Singley.

“It really means a lot to me to be able to hear what is working for them and what are some areas we need to improve on in the school system,” Coe said.

One thing on the mind of the council not introduced by the students at this meeting was the low standardized test rankings throughout Dothan City Schools and the state.

We need to see improvements across the board. All the way across the board. And that’s an ongoing process,” Coe said. “Alabama has typically ranked low and has for many years. So we have a lot of work to do.”