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Although he has two years left on his contract, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman announced late Monday afternoon that he will be leaving the Macon County School district on or before June 30.

During Monday night's board meeting for the Catawba County School Board, Dr. Brigman beat out 27 other applicants and was unanimously appointed to take over as their superintendent on July 1 under a four-year contract with a beginning salary of $160,000.

“Serving as superintendent of the Macon County School System has been a very rewarding experience,” said Dr. Brigman in his media announcement. “My wife, children and I have enjoyed our time in Macon County and offer our sincere gratitude to the members of this great community and school system for the overwhelming support provided to us since our arrival approximately six years ago.”

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Western Carolina University students Corey Duvall and Matthew Alexander Del Corral were invited to travel to Raleigh this week to join other college students from around the state to sit in on a conference call between Governor Bev Perdue and President Barack Obama to discuss the future of North Carolina's education.

Duvall is the president of the Western Carolina University College Democrats and a Franklin native.

The Macon County School Board is joining numerous school districts from across the state to ask the North Carolina General Assembly to eliminate the annual discretionary reversion from the school system budget.

Last year, Macon County was forced to send back $1.26 million, causing budget cuts to be passed down to the local level. With continued funding cuts across the board, Macon County School’s finance director Angie Cook is budgeting for an anticipated 5 percent increase of the reversion $1.4 million for next school year.

During its April meeting, the Macon County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to plead with lawmakers to prevent the reversions from occurring and to fully fund education.

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Mountain View Intermediate (MVI) recently completed an outdoor learning shelter as a place for students to get outside in the fresh air. The shelter sits in front of the school near Porters Creek, a small tributary that flows into the Cullasaja River. Students from both Macon Middle School and MVI use the stream to conduct hands-on research on stream quality and stream ecology.

The shelter, which can seat 50 students, will provide the space for a myriad of learning activities. Over the past two years, MVI has been working with Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Schoolyard Program to incorporate more hands-on, relevant scientific research into science courses and the extracurricular science club.

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published: 10/18/2013
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