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In honor of Sunshine Week, an annual homage to freedom of official information which is celebrated nationwide, Carolina Public Press held a series of public-record events to teach the importance of “Full Disclosure.”

The workshops, which were held at Western Carolina University and at University of North Carolina-Asheville, were designed to teach the general public about the information that’s available to anyone, if you only know where to look and how to ask.

 

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School Board questions data provided by central office.

The Board of Education tabled discussion regarding the 2012/2013 school calendar and a weather waiver request allowing the school district to implement a specialized school calendar due to concern about the accuracy of the data.

According to Andrew Cox, of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), a recent law that was retroactively applied to the past 10 years of districts across the state allowed delays and half days to be counted toward days missed during a school year.

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New school still on schedule, despite setbacks.

After a few small delays, the new Iotla Valley school is expected to be completed in early July.

The project is the culmination of a long process which began back in December of 1996 and was executed by the joint efforts of both the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Macon County School Board. The new school is being funded and constructed through the utilization of the interoperability compact between the two boards, and the debt for the cost of the school, which is rounded to about $14 million, will fall solely on the county.

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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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