OZARK, Ala. (WDHN)—This week, demolition crews began removing the “Old” national guard armory building along U.S. Highway 231 in Ozark.

By the start of the 2022-2023 school year, it will be part of Dale County School’s vocational education campus.
An older building behind the armory will be renovated and retrofitted for classrooms and state-of-the-art
technology.

Dale County School Superintendent Ben Baker says employers’ are in desperate need of welders, mechanics, and
healthcare workers.

Baker says “state of the art, multi-million dollar facility for career tech. In phase one we’re going to have welding and aviation programs, computer
coding. We’re also looking at other programs including EMS and just excited about opportunities it will provide our students.”

Superintendent Baker says this project would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the voters last month re-approving
a century-old property tax.

Last month, the voters in Dale County along with a portion of several other school districts “re-approved”
a 100-year-old property tax. For Dale County, the proceeds make it possible to build the vocational facility.
The tax has to be “renewed” every 30 years.

Baker says “And we are going to re-invest that money wisely and use it to reinvest in our communities. And part of that is to have a state-of-the-art career tech center for our students.”

Dale County, Ozark, Daleville, Enterprise, and Dothan City School Boards of Education will continue to benefit from
tax.