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Governor Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign stood firmly on the platform that as governor he would be a proponent of vocational education. With the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 14, McCrory signed the bill into law on on Feb. 18. The law directs the State Board of Education to develop career and college endorsements for high school diplomas, increase access to career and technical education teachers in public schools, and to work with the State Board of Community Colleges to increase the number of students enrolling in career and technical education in high need employment areas.

“North Carolina needs today’s students and tomorrow’s skilled workers to be able to compete in a national and global market. The new law that I signed this morning, will provide multiple choices and equal pathways to success,” McCrory said.

Under the new law, the State Board of Education will develop curriculums with increased emphasis on career and technical courses with the intentions of increasing the number of students pursuing vocational programs such as auto repair, welding, and health care technology. When students graduate they will have an endorsement of career ready, college ready, or both. Licensing requirements will also be reduced for the teachers of these courses.


Members of the Macon County Board of Education are faced with arguably the hardest decision the school system has had to make in years. With continued cuts from the state level, increased operational costs and a zeroed out fund balance, the school system will likely not have enough funds to finish out this year, and will inevitably have to make serious cuts in order to be able start school next fall.

During a budget work session Monday night, members of the Board of Education were given some surprising figures.


Last Wednesday, Congressman Mark Meadows toured East Franklin Elementary school to discuss Macon County schools' security needs.

Meadows' visit stems from a bill he introduced into Congress on Feb. 15, which calls for $30 million to reinstate the “Cops in Schools” program that was started 15 years ago. Meadows, has garnered national attention for his stance on strengthening school security throughout the nation.

Holland, along with Sheriffs from across Western North Carolina have been vocal of their support of hiring school resource officers to increase the state of security for publicly funded facilities.


The search for a new principal at Franklin High School is nearing completion. According to Macon County School Director of Personnel Dan Moore, the school system will interview six candidates for the position next Wednesday, March 6. Moore said the position received 30 total applicants, which have now been narrowed down to six of whom will move forward with the interview process.

Moore gave the Board of Education an update on the search process during Monday night's meeting, and informed them that he anticipates that a selection will be made and a name will be ready for board approval by the March 18 board meeting.

The six prospective candidates will all be interviewed at the central office on Wednesday, according to Moore.


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