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The Macon County Board of Education voted to increase the number of teachers in the district to compensate for overcrowding in several elementary school classrooms. During its September meeting, the school board approved three new teaching positions and one teacher's assistant position for Iotla Valley and East Franklin Elementary schools.

The decision to hire additional staff comes after June's regularly scheduled meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, when Dan Moore, Director of Personnel for the school system, informed board members that Macon County was facing a serious overcrowding problem in several schools in the district.

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Landscaping improvements at Webster Enterprises were recently completed by participants in the Job Development Training program. New and expanded flowerbeds at entrances and a stone walk to and around the facility’s flagpole were designed by Curtis Johnson, a program participant.

The two-day project involved soil preparation, planting, constructing borders and covering areas with mulch. More than 40 man hours were involved in the projects.

Pictured are (L-R) Cecil Thommes, Tim Rector, Jason Sands, Webster Enterprises quality control director, Curtis Johnson and Judy Donaldson. Not pictured, were participant Caleb Bass and Zack Watson, adjustment job coach, who assisted in the supervision.

Four schools recognized as Schools of Distinction

The state Board of Education has released North Carolina's annual report cards for public schools. The report released in early August was intended to show how students performed on end-of year and end-of-course tests taken in third through 12th grade. These include reading and mathematics in grades 3-8; Science tests in grades five and eight; and end-of-course tests in English I, Algebra I and biology. Other measures include the cohort graduation rate and student performance on alternate assessments for certain students with disabilities.

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As part of the Welcome Back to Campus for fall semester Thursday, Aug. 9, Southwestern Community College recognized employees and their contributions to state service.

SCC President Don Tomas presented service pins and awards to those recognized.

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