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Rowan-Salisbury Schools names new technology leaders

Pending Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education approval, Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody announced today changes that will be taking place within the districts Technology Department.
Phil Hardin, the current Rowan-Salisbury School System executive director of technology, will be retiring at the end of this year. 
Candace Salmon-Hosey will take over the top position as executive director of technology for Rowan-Salisbury with a tentative effective beginning date of Jan. 3, 2014. Hosey will oversee all technology operations in the district including infrastructure, purchasing, facilities, e-rate and grant writing. Hosey is currently the executive director of technology services and CTE for the Alamance-Burlington School District, a position she has held since 2006.
Hosey received her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in international marketing and economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; a master of arts in education instructional technology specialist from East Carolina University; and a specialist in education from UNC-Greensboro. 
Andrew Smith will become the director of digital innovation, a position created through reorganization, and he will report directly to Hosey. Smiths duties will include overseeing the professional development for all teachers and staff as well as assisting in creating a strategic plan for technology. Smith will begin immediately to assist with the transitional period. Smith is currently a science and 21st century model classroom teacher at East Rowan High School and has been with the district since 2009.
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in secondary education and a masters degree in education. Smith also received his masters certificate in administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in administration and educational technology integration. 
Understanding the growing importance of technology in the classroom and in the operations of the district, I feel confident with this reorganization that our students, teachers and staff will benefit greatly with having two highly qualified individuals leading the districts technology department and innovations, Moody said in a news release.
It is important that we have an effective collaboration of technology and instruction that will enhance the learning environments in our schools. I am excited with these changes in knowing that we will be offering our students a greater quality education to help them be successful in the classroom and in life.
The Board of Education will meet Dec. 2 for official approval of the superintendents recommendation.

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