Moore County (N.C.) Officials Cautious about Funding Digital Learning

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Moore County commissioners seem inclined to pay for part of the school system's digital learning initiative, but they want to see results before committing to future funding.

At the commissioners' critical issues summit Thursday, they indicated they want the school system to pay for more of the effort.

The digital learning initiative calls for every student in the school system to have a laptop or computer tablet by the 2015-16 school year. The school system launched the effort this year by giving computer tablets to students at Carthage Elementary School and laptops to Pinckney Academy students.

The school board is asking the county for $750,000 more funding in the 2013-14 budget to help pay for digital learning. The school board's budget expects to use $1.16 million of the school system's fund balance for the initiative and reallocates school system resources to pay for five new positions to support the effort.

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