Local schools ready to receive second round of CARES Act funding

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Superintendent McInturf and the Ozark City School community are feeling extremely grateful and blessed for the second round of CARES Act funding.

Although the amount of this round is still unknown, the first round of funding was $217 million statewide.

“It is really quite comforting to know that we have the support of the state department of education and all the way down through the governor’s office,” Superintendent McInturf said.

McInturf expects this round to be larger than the last, with funding going toward two main focuses.

“The first will be related to air quality,” McInturf said. “That might be air conditioning systems or additions to current air conditioning systems to improve indoor air quality. So that’s the UV lighting and those kinds of things. The other and the majority of the funds will go towards reducing the learning gap.”

McInturf said many students have seen a drop in grades or learning ability due to remote learning and not being in the classroom with a teacher.

But the superintendent looks forward to the different ways educators will be able to help students that may have fallen behind.

“So now we’re beginning to look at summer school programs, extended school year programs, after school tutoring programs,” He said. “Everything we can think of to pick these pieces up and try to get back to level again.”

The Ozark City School Board will be holding a special board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14.

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