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Hamburg and Frontier Central school districts are applying for a $25,000 state grant designed to study sharing technology, such as long-distance learning centers, linking high school libraries and, eventually,
television-satellite hookups.

The Hamburg Central School Board Tuesday gave the green light to apply for the grant from the state Education Department.

If the grant is OK'd, the money would be used to hire a consultant to work with both school systems to investigate where technology can be shared and be done more efficiently.

Officials hope eventually that a long-range plan between the districts will be developed for cooperative learning through technology.

"The planning would provide a blueprint for coordinating all the details that are involved in making efficient and effective use of a variety of advancing technologies," Superintendent Peter G. Roswell said in a memo to the board.

Administrators said among options are linking library media centers and studying schedules and programming, so courses could be shared between the two high schools via long-distance learning labs.

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