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DCSS sees how they do it in Cali

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Board member Darrel Ealum Board member Darrel Ealum

Three Dougherty County School Board members and the Superintendent are back from a conference in California. They say the trip was well worth the cost to taxpayers.

Board member Darrel Ealum says board members split up to take in as many classes as possible concentrating on technology, administration, and career academy, which the school system is considering.

Ealum says while Dougherty County has started to use I-pods and I-pads, he visited the Napa New Technology High School, which is entirely computerized and paper-less. He believes it can be done in Dougherty County, but says it will take years to accomplish.

"We cannot afford not to put our schools, get on the path to a true technologically, digitally, computerized advanced curriculum all over this country, but I'm in Dougherty County and I'm focused on Dougherty County and that's what we need to do," Ealum said.

Cuts from the state forced the school system to furlough teachers 10 days this school year.

Ealum says he even spent some of his own money. Ealum says the system is getting ready to overhaul Dougherty High Schools and for another half million dollars they could install a wi-fi system to accomplish the goal.

He suggests using sales tax money and grants to pay for the technology.

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