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Deputies, technology ready to go at Limestone Co. Schools

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Students in Limestone County Schools should expect a lot of changes this school year.

On Thursday, nearly a dozen Limestone County Sheriff's deputies graduated from training and will be roaming the halls of every one of the district's 13 schools. The district believes they're the first county school system in the state to have an armed deputy in every school.

The Limestone County Commission is helping the district with half of the $240,000 price tag that comes with the school resource officer program.

Limestone County Schools is also launching their digital initiative. However, don't expect to see seniors walking around with iPads and laptops.

Instead, the district is rolling out the program with their elementary students. Secondary education students won't be left out in the digital cold. The district purchased 920 new devices that will be set up by October.

Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk wants the program fully implemented in the next five years. The district did spend the summer buying up bandwidth to make sure internet speeds stay strong. Sisk said he's looked at what other district did wrong before deciding to go digital in his district.

"I think we're positioning Limestone County to be in the middle of the pack. We're not at that front where all the mistakes are made so we're learning vicariously through them. We're not at the end of the pack being drug along screaming and crying. We're in the middle and that's a good place to be," said Sisk.

The district recently voted on going with Apple products because they felt the technology better suited both teacher and student needs.

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