By Carl Blankenship
SALISBURY – David Blattner used to repair devices in an English classroom.
The Rowan-Salisbury Schools chief technology officer moved to North Carolina from California on with his wife on a whim in the ’90s. Blattner had graduated from San Diego State University with an education degree, and the couple had been married for three weeks when they made the move.
Contrary to the kind of bookish image associated with an typical English, Blattner never shied away from working technology into his classes at South Iredell High School. His first computer was an Apple II and he grew up interested in tinkering.
His father worked for Bell, but Blattner said that connection did not bring extra technology into the home.
When he started teaching, dedicated technicians in schools were unheard of, so Blattner found himself taking on extra responsibilities. Namely, he was troubleshooting technology in front of