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Hall County schools plan more hirings
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Race to the Top, stimulus, Title I and jobs bill dollars add up to nearly $10 million in federal funds for Hall County schools, according to a Monday announcement.

Hall Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said at this week’s school board meeting that the district will hire a few coordinator-level positions to help implement professional learning, an area where much of the money is directed.

Also at the meeting, the school board had a teleconference with representatives from Dell Computers. Hall County is working with the company to pilot a program using mobile software, similar to the iPad.

Schofield said together, they will discuss ways to update traditional textbooks in the future, such as using e-books or other handheld technology.

The board also listened to a proposal for Lanier Charter Career Academy to purchase a historic home in Gainesville.

The school hopes to buy the Apperson Moon House, built in the 1920s, and relocate it next to the campus. The home is currently owned by the Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

Pat Ellis, corporate community liaison for the academy, said Lanier Career students in classes such as plumbing and masonry would renovate the house. The school’s hospitality students would then use it to operate a bed and breakfast.

Schofield said the district is interested in pursuing the idea if the academy is awarded a $500,000 community block development grant to fund the programs.