Dougherty Co. approved for 2015 Race to the Top

Dougherty Co. approved for 2015 Race to the Top

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County school system is making strides in getting back full funding from the state.

For several years the system has been under conditions for the Race to the Top grant, which is $6.8 million.

State officials had concerns about how the federal funding was being spent.

Last week, state officials notified the school system that the budget had been approved for fiscal year 2015 and they'll no longer have to go through the process of being reimbursed by the state.

"Regarding our finances, it means that it frees up our cash flow on a monthly basis of somewhere around $100,000. Mr. Dyer and I spoke about it last week and that's a really good thing, that's quite a bit of money each month now to not have to worry about being reimbursed over time," said Program Manager Dwala Nobles.

The funds will go towards a number of things, including salaries and a student information system.

The grant was awarded in 2011 without any conditions. It ends next summer.

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