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School Board discusses budget for next year.

In anticipation of continued funding cuts to public education next school year, the Macon County Board of Education spent much of their annual planning retreat discussing the 2012/13 budget.

During their meeting, which was held Feb. 2 and 3 at the Boiler Room, members of the Board of Education reevaluated the school system’s annual goals in order to revise them as the district’s needs required. While school system officials revisited the school’s strategic plan and received summaries on to-date operations from individual departments, generally the conversation kept finding its way back to money.

 

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Because of a joint effort between the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Board of Education, the internationally respected antibullying program, Rachel’s Challenge, was presented to students throughout the district.

Bill Sanders presented the program and used pieces of Rachel Scott’s, the first person killed in the Columbine Tragedy, diary, along with testimonies from her friends and family to teach students the importance of kindness and compassion.

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Cheryl Davids retired as Chief Transfer Officer and Chair of the Mathematics Department at Central Carolina Technical College Jan. 17 and on Jan. 23 she plunged right into her new position as Dean of Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus.

“I feel like I left one family and joined another,” said Davids, who immediately liked the feel and atmosphere of the Macon Campus. “In a way, it’s like coming home, too, because my family has owned a house in Maggie Valley for more than 30 years, and it’s always been our second home.”

 

 

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Macon County’s School System is teaming up with the Sheriff’s Office to bring a national anti-bullying program to students throughout the district in attempt to change the overall culture of the schools. The program will be held at Macon Middle School and Franklin High School on February 15.

Rachel’s Challenge is a program geared toward establishing a safe learning environment for all students by teaching positive solutions to violence and bullying situations. The program works to engage students through a presentation about Rachel Scott, who was the first of 13 students killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during the Columbine High School shootings in April of 1999.

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published: 10/18/2013
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