(WDHN) — After a tiring school year, Gov. Kay Ivey is providing a sigh of relief for schools by signing a bill into law that will pull money from the state’s Advancement and Technology Fund.
The idea came from legislators about a decade ago when Alabama schools were in proration. The Advancement and Technology Fund serves as a saving account for school systems.
That account has a ceiling, and once it reaches the limit, the extra money can be distributed to school systems.
The Department of Education will allocate more than $200 million to school boards. Ozark has benefitted from this fund multiple times and this time they will receive $500,920.
Ozark City Schools superintendent Dr. Rick McInturff says in the past you could only spend the money on technology but now they have broadened the options.
“And now it includes classroom supplies and now it included deferred maintenance and that’s where schools get the most mileage out of this money,” Dr. McInturf said. “When we run into a maintenance item that needs to be tended to quickly this is very good money to go to, so if we need to carpet a classroom, fix a leak, paint a space, we can do that with this money.”
Houston County will receive over $1.7 million is the third-highest amount in the Wiregrass. Cas Haddock with the school system says they are going to purchase Chromebooks for grades 2-8.
“It will help us when it comes to the student testing that we require to give to various grade levels throughout the year,” Haddock said. “In the past, we had to manage and run our group of students through a traditional lab setting on one or two labs per campus, but now having one device will drastically reduce the amount of testing time and the way we administer it.”
Other Wiregrass School Systems:
- Covington County: $815, 580
- Coffee County: $702, 976
- Daleville City: $307,814
- Dale County: $960, 278
- Dothan City: $2,428,154
- Elba City: $168, 304
- Enterprise City: $1,890,406
- Geneva City: $350, 957
- Geneva County: $728, 540
- Henry County: $704, 361