Every K-12 student in Andalusia City Schools will have access to an electronic device when school begins on Aug. 5.
The Andalusia City Council on Monday approved the school system’s plan for use of proceeds from the city’s half-cent sales tax for education on Tuesday. The school system plans to lease additional Apple computers at a cost of $110,000 per year to complete its goal of one ipad or laptop per student.
“These are the kinds of things we set out to do when we agreed to adopt this sales tax,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “There aren’t many school systems in Alabama that provide computer access to students at this level.”
The education sales tax also will be used to fund:
• Asbestos removal and replacement tile in the hallways of Andalusia High School.
• A music teacher at Andalusia High School.
• Leader in Me training for teachers at Andalusia Elementary School. The character program is built on Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
• New fencing of the AHS baseball and softball fields.
• Sealing and striping the parking lots at AHS.
• Matching funding of $50,000 for a five-year, $625,000 grant currently being pursued by the Drug Free Andalusia Coalition and Peer Helpers.
• Debt services on the auditorium and stadium projects at AHS.