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News Education Additional funds approved for Lindamood-Bell

Community members, athletes recognized.

During Monday night's Board of Education Meeting, school board members approved an additional $14,000 to be spent on teacher training for the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process (LBLP), bringing the total cost, thus far, to about $330K.

LBLP provides the school district with specialized instruction for students and employees at East Franklin, South Macon, Iotla Valley and Cartoogechaye Elementary schools; Nantahala School, Highlands School, Mountain View Intermediate School and Macon Middle School. The learning process focuses on reading enrichment that is expected to be beneficial in several areas of learning.

The teachers will participate in a week long training course, which other teachers have already completed. The training is in conceptual teaching throughout all levels of instruction. Instead of taking students out of core classes and attempting to utilize a differentiated program to meet the specific special needs of students, the Lindamood-Bell program is geared toward training teachers in a “research validated” methodology, allowing them to promote literacy within core classes.

During the first initial year that LBLP is utilized throughout Macon County, LBLP will provide district staff with professional development workshop services to promote reading comprehension and word decoding.

At the request of principals throughout the district, the school board approved the funding in order to train an additional 18 teachers in the learning process.

The amended contract now allows 18 new teachers to receive onsight training in LBLP, bringing the total number of teachers trained district-wide to 129.

LBLP is in full swing throughout the school system and several students have already showed tremendous improvements in their reading comprehension and word decoding. Principals requested additional teachers be trained in the program to ensure that the maximum number of students can be reached using the learning process, and that a sufficient number of teachers trained in the program at each school site.

According to Carol Waldroop, head of Macon County School’s Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, having the additional teachers trained in the program while Lindamood Bell representatives are already on site would be more cost effective than waiting and having them trained at a later date.

School Board presents awards to community members, sports teams

County Planner Derek Roland (left), and Franklin resident, Kyle Morgan, (not pictured), were recognized by the board for their efforts during the past several months traveling to schools throughout the district sharing their sobering testimonies to the students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.The Board of Education recognized Franklin High School’s Girls Tennis team for finishing second in the conference and for advancing to the second round of the state playoffs. Andrea Bell was named conference co-player of the year. Coach Rick Blanton was also recognized for being named conference Coach of the Year.Board of Education Chairman Tommy Cabe and Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman recognized fourth grader Lauryn Bell for her outstanding artistry. Bell’s design was chosen by Dr. Brigman to be the artwork featured on Macon County Schools Christmas card, which was sent out to employees and offices throughout the state.Franklin High School’s Girls golf team was recognized for finishing third in the conference. For the first time in the school’s history, the golf team advanced two players to the State match in the same year.



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