School leaders have a new idea about how to attract students to North Rowan High School in North Carolina, reports the Salisbury Post: Promise them a high-tech gadget. The Rowan-Salisbury School System has applied for state money to buy every freshman at North an iPod Touch. The handheld device, which is made by Apple, gives users access to the internet. "We’ve talked a lot about North Rowan High School and how we’d like to do something at North to boost enrollment," Superintendent Dr. Judy Grissom said during the Board of Education meeting Nov. 24. Grissom said school leaders met with teachers at North’s new ninth-grade academy, which aims to help students adjust to high school. "The ninth-grade academy teachers were very enthusiastic about it," she said. School leaders will know early next month if the state awarded the grant, said Phil Hardin, executive director of technology for the Rowan-Salisbury system. If the funding comes through, Hardin said, only freshmen at North will each get an iPod Touch. They will get to use them in school and take them home. But if the school system can afford it, he said, those freshmen will keep the gadgets as they move through high school until all students at North have them…

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