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Without making any cuts to the school's budget and taking into account multiple factors — including a two percent salary raise for teachers, a 9.5 percent increase in utility costs, and a reduction in board revenue due to federal cuts — the Macon County Board of Education will need $9,567,455 from county commissioners for the 2013-14 school year; an increase of $2,656,455 from this school year.

During its April meeting, members of the Board of Education unanimously agreed to send the preliminary budget request of $9,567,455 to county commissioners for consideration.


Mountain View Intermediate School hosted a Poets' Cafe last Thursday to give budding young writers the opportunity to showcase their talents.

From poems about sports to the changing seasons, students braved the stage to receive “snaps” for their masterpieces.




As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, REACH of Macon County is partnering with Main Street Coffee and Tea this Friday evening, April 26, for a special event.

Coined the “Jeans for Justice,” the event will feature a gallery of jeans made by Franklin High School freshmen that tell a story about the alarming statistics and consequences of sexual assault. The Jeans for Justice idea was first started in 1999 after a judge in Italy overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans at the time of the assault. The judge ruled that it was common knowledge that jeans were not able to be forcibly removed, therefore, despite other evidence, rape was not possible.


For the very first time, officials  raised a flag outside of the Macon County Board of Education Central Office on Monday, April 15.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan had submitted a request to Senator Richard Burr’s office last November to obtain a flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol. That request was fulfilled and Macon County received a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol on Dec. 11, 2012.

David Curtis and the county's maintenance department worked to get the flag pole in place to begin flying the flag.

Photos by Travis Tallent



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