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After an alarming number of attempted suicides were reported throughout Macon County Schools, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin asked Marci Holland, Students Service Coordinator for Macon County Schools, to develop a report to get a better picture of the situation.

According to Holland, there have been a total of 31 cases where students have exhibited "suicidal ideations" in Macon County this school year. Suicidal ideations refer to cases where students could be having suicidal thoughts, making a plan for suicide, or attempting suicide.

“We have had two almost successful suicide attempts in Macon County Schools recently, and because they happened so close together, and because of the age of the students, I asked Marci to give the board a better look at what is going on in our school system,” said Dr. Baldwin.


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited Western Carolina University on Friday, May 22, seeking support for his proposed $3 billion bond package that would fund state infrastructure improvements and transportation projects, a plan that would include $114.9 million for a new WCU science building.

McCrory told a standing-room-only crowd assembled in a laboratory in WCU’s existing Natural Science Building, which was originally built in the 1970s and is no longer considered suitable for science education, that the time for the bond issue is now because of low interest rates and growing infrastructure needs.


Donation to go to early education scholarship fund.

Throughout his life, Jeff Cloer was always inspired by his mother’s dedication to the young children in her care as a director of Macon County’s HeadStart program and also as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.

To honor Ida Ramey Cloer’s devotion to her profession and the lives she touched, Jeff Cloer made a $1,200 donation to the Southwestern Community College Foundation to create the Ida Ramey Cloer Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund.

The fund will be used to support an annual scholarship that will go to a deserving student entering SCC’s early childhood education program.


Students at two schools in Macon County will eat for free next year, thanks to a federally funded program. The CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) for the National School Lunch Program provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced price meals for economically disadvantaged students in local educational agencies and schools. Essentially, this provision allows students in a qualifying school to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

According to Kim Terrell, school nutrition director, both Union Academy and East Franklin Elementary qualify for the program, and after receiving unanimous board approval last week, will start the program next year.

“I am very excited that our precious students will be given the opportunity to eat both breakfast and lunch at no cost,” said Becky Montgomery, lead teacher at East Franklin. “This is a real blessing for East Franklin School.”


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