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Legislators give $55K to schools

Students in Mrs. Black’s second grade class at Andalusia Elementary Schools said a great big “thank you” to Sen. Jimmy Holley and Rep. Mike Jones for the system’s share of more than $55,000 distributed Wednesday. Also shown is AES principal Patty Taylor; ACS Superintendent Ted Watson; Jones and Holley. | Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

Schools throughout the county will now share in more than $55,000 distributed Wednesday by local legislators, Sen. Jimmy Holley, R-Elba, and Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia.

The money was given on a per-student ratio, with Covington County Schools receiving $27,847; Andalusia City Schools, $11,917; and Opp City Schools, $15,604, for a total of $55,368.

“This money does two things,” Holley said. “The state education budget was not enough. These funds are to be used to fill the void due to lack of funding. It addresses the subject of teacher supplies, while addressing the needs of some special projects that didn’t get funded in the budget.

“I, like Rep. Jones, felt like the impact of this money needs to be felt in the classroom,” he said. “Now, it will.”

Jones said the funds given represented the discretionary funding given to the legislators during the first three quarters of the fiscal year. Schools should receive one more allocation by Oct. 31, the end of the fiscal year.

“We call this general purpose money to be used directly for purchasing school supplies and to make up the difference where there is a specific need,” Jones said.

The first stop made by Jones and Holley was to Andalusia Elementary School, where the men distributed checks totaling nearly $12,000.

Students in Mrs. Black’s second grade class – like others throughout the county as Jones and Holley made stops at Straughn and in Opp – had one thing to say after the presentation: “Thank you!”