Carnley, Hammett present grant funds to county’s school systems

Published 1:00 pm Monday, November 6, 2023

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Alabama State Sen. Josh Carnley and State Rep. Matthew Hammett recently presented three community service grants to each of the school systems in Covington County.

Both officials said they are grateful for the opportunity to give back to their local communities and students in their districts.

“I appreciate the administration, faculty, and staff at Andalusia City Schools, Opp City Schools, and Covington County Schools and all that they do to educate our children and improve our community,” Carnley said. “I am pleased to work with my partner in the House of Representatives, Matthew Hammett, in bringing funds home to help our schools continue to provide the best education for our future community leaders and workforce.”

“I appreciate the partnership with Sen. Carnley in continuing to secure funds for our schools, children, and community. Thank you for allowing me to serve and work for you in Montgomery,” Rep. Hammett said.

All three superintendents expressed their appreciation to Carnley and Hammett for the financial support.

“We are so grateful for the community grant funding received from Sen. Carnley and State Rep. Hammett. These funds will go a long way toward providing for the needs of our students and teachers, and as always, we are thankful for all of their support,” ACS Superintendent Dr. Daniel Shakespeare said.

Opp Superintendent Michael Smithart said his system will use the funds to enhance vocational education classes.

“We are certainly appreciative of the funds we received from Rep. Hammett and Sen. Carnley. These funds are vital to Opp City Schools. We will use these funds to update some equipment in our vocational agribusiness program and to assist in the construction of a recreation area for special needs students at Opp High School. Both Rep. Hammett and Sen. Carnley are great champions of public education, and the support they offer to our students in Opp City Schools is immeasurable,” Smithart said.

“We are appreciative of the legislative grants provided by Rep. Hammett and Sen. Carnley to Covington County Schools. These grants allow us to continue to enhance educational opportunities such as career tech, arts education, and leadership development. We thank them for their continued support of our schools,” said Covington County Superintendent Shannon Driver.