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Four schools recognized as Schools of Distinction

The state Board of Education has released North Carolina's annual report cards for public schools. The report released in early August was intended to show how students performed on end-of year and end-of-course tests taken in third through 12th grade. These include reading and mathematics in grades 3-8; Science tests in grades five and eight; and end-of-course tests in English I, Algebra I and biology. Other measures include the cohort graduation rate and student performance on alternate assessments for certain students with disabilities.


As part of the Welcome Back to Campus for fall semester Thursday, Aug. 9, Southwestern Community College recognized employees and their contributions to state service.

SCC President Don Tomas presented service pins and awards to those recognized.


After years of planning and a gamut of financial and developmental obstacles, the new state-of-the-art Iotla Valley Elementary School is nearly finished. The multi-million dollar facility is just days from opening for hundreds of students.

Iotla Elementary’s completion wa a collective effort on the local government’s part in recent years to upgrade the county’s school system, while consolidating other longstanding schools. With the new school year beginning next week, the facility’s completion is right on time, and closes another phase in the county’s academic agenda.


With tax-free weekend kicking off on Friday, parents will be given the perfect opportunity to do some shopping for a new wardrobe for Macon County students. When school starts on Aug. 9, students at Franklin High School will be closely monitored to ensure they are in compliance with a new set of rules for the school's dress code.

According to Franklin High School Principal Chris Baldwin, the changes will ensure an overall better learning environment for all students. “These changes were necessary for three reasons,” said Baldwin. “First, the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Franklin High School expect our students to have the opportunity to learn in a safe and healthy environment. There is research to support the fact that school dress codes have a positive impact on the learning environment. We also expect our students to exhibit good taste and wholesome behavior befitting of the Franklin community. Finally, student styles of dress are constantly changing and updates to our dress code are necessary on a regular basis.”


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