OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Ozark City Schools is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week along with the passing of the new state education bill.
The new bill allocates a large portion of money to special education departments, allowing them to grow and give more help to students.
“The new education budget has a particular subline in it that is for what we call high needs special education students,” Superintendent Dr. Rick McInturf said. “These are our most involved and most expensive students to provide services for, quite often that involves a residential placement or very specialized services coming in.”
A portion of the bill allocates funds to special education pre-school classrooms that will help children with special needs get a jumpstart on their education.
Not only will the new education bill fund multiple areas of Ozark City Schools, but it also includes a raise for teachers after having a very difficult past year.
“The nice thing, or interesting thing, about this budget is that those teachers who have the highest levels of experience, their matrix is being adjusted just a little bit more so that they will earn a little bit more than two percent in their paychecks up to the maximum of six percent,” he said.
With this new bill, Ozark City Schools look forward to lots of positive changes but as McInturf nears the end of his time at OCS, he’s thanking his fellow teachers.
“I just want to say thank you to all of them and the educators in the region,” he said. “I have some very good friends in school systems throughout the Wiregrass, and it’s been a great time.”