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SCHOOLS PUTTING TECHNOLOGY FUNDS TO USE

Local school districts are using Race to the Top dollars now to prepare for the future.The Rowan-Salisbury School system has received more than $2 million from the federal reform grant. The Kannapolis City district’s allotment is about $566,000.That money can be budgeted for use throughout a four-year period, but a large part of it is being used on the front end in preparation for upcoming changes.Both school systems are pouring money into professional development and technology infrastructure, which will equip schools with wireless connectivity and increase bandwidth. Officials said professional development has been centered around preparing teachers and administrators for the switch to the common core and essential standards, a state-led initiative that focuses on preparing students for college and work.