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Athens City Schools set to make digital switch

The project is funded by tax dollars. The project is funded by tax dollars.

Another school system in the Valley is planning to make the digital switch. Thursday night, Athens city schools voted to toss their text books and get computers and iPads.

The city of Athens recently added a one cent sales tax, and 20 percent of that money had to be used for the school system if they requested it. They made that request Thursday night and it was unanimously approved by the school board.

The 'Power Up' project means that students in grades K-6 will get iPads. Their teachers will get them too and be trained on how to use them. Students in grades 7-12 will get Mac books. Every student and teacher in the seven schools in the school system will get those Apple products. Superintendent Trey Holladay says it's all about getting kids college and career ready.

"Every major university has hybrid classes," he said.  "Every one of them has some type of technological push and that they are teaching those in universities.  So we are trying to make sure we push it down and it becomes second nature to our kids."

Holladay also wants to provide local businesses and restaurants in the area ‘Power Up' decals so that students who don't have Wi-Fi at home can use their Internet connection. The 'Power up project" will cost a little more than 2 million dollars over the next five years. Superintendent Holladay says he hopes to have it going by September 1st, even if it's in small increments.

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