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Macon County educators and public education supporters filled the commissioner's boardroom of the courthouse to capacity Tuesday night for the monthly board meeting to urge commissioners to stand up to state legislators.

Leading the charge was the Western North Carolina NCAE (North Carolina Association of Educators) Legislative Director and Macon County educator John deVille. DeVille met with educators prior to the meeting and organized the rally that featured more than three dozen teachers sporting "We Love Public Education" shirts.


Report cards came out last week, but it wasn't the students who were worried, it was the schools. For the second year, the State Board of Education released the school performance report cards. This year's grades showed that across the state, 72 percent of public schools earned a letter grade of "C" or better.

While only 28 percent of schools received a D or F on the report cards, one Macon County School found themselves in the bottom percentile. The student achievement portion of the Student Performance Grade is based on reading and math scores at each school. Mountain View Intermediate School was awarded a "D" grade from the state, while Cartoogechaye, Iotla Valley and East Franklin Elementary Schools, Franklin High School, Macon Middle School, and Nantahala School all received a "C." South Macon Elementary, Macon Early College, and Highlands School ranked in the top all with "B" letter grades.

For the 2013-14 school year, the first year letter grades were given to schools, Macon County Schools had three schools, Highlands, Macon Early College, and Franklin High School to earn a B. All other schools in the district received a C.


When National Park Service officials increased Seasonal Law Enforcement Training from 400 hours to 650, they decided to use Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center as the pilot program for the new regimen.

The decision was not made randomly.

“SCC-PSTC consistently demonstrates a high standard and delivers a high quality of instruction,” said Mark Cutler, Branch Chief of Seasonal Law Enforcement Training for the National Park Service. He was in Macon County in mid-August for the pilot program’s launch.


Ever tried laying wood floor or floating sheetrock in your own home?

You might spend a whole week just figuring out how to get it done. But if someone who’s been doing it for years were to show you a few fundamental steps, you could get the job done in a fraction of the time.

As Ben Nahlen of Franklin recently learned, the same principle applies with volunteer firefighters and learning how to complete essential tasks like toting a fully pressurized water hose up a staircase. It’s just one of many principles he was taught in Southwestern Community College’s Fire Academy.


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