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Teachers, board members concerned about validity of $225K reading program

Questions about how the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process (LMB) will be funded, as well as the actual success of the program, has raised concern among community members.

During the August Macon County Board of Education meeting Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman informed the board that a proposal, which would continue the LMB program into the 2011-2012 school year, had been drafted.

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The mission of the USDA Forest Service Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center is to “train eligible youth in the educational, social and career technical training skills ... and contributing value to our communities.”

The center saw results from its agenda as 12 students graduated from its vocational program this past Tuesday.

The first-ever national LBJ Civilian Conservation Corps commencement ceremony was held at the center along with an open house that featured guided tours, a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers, door prizes and basic health checks.

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Strategies shared with WNC communities to rally support for schools - ‘Calling All Communities’ offers money for the most votes

Voting officially begins for U.S. Cellular’s ‘Calling All Communities’ Campaign on Sept. 9, but it’s not too early for people to start rallying and organizing their community to support their favorite schools. With a wider winner’s circle this year – 18 schools will win a share of $1 million as opposed to 10 in previous years – there is even more incentive to spread the word before the campaign begins. The top vote-receiving school will win $150,000, and the next 17 will each receive $50,000.

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After viewing a presentation and witnessing testimony from teachers, parents and students who participated in the Lindamood-Bell Learning Process this summer, Macon County Board of Education members have decided to take time to review the information, visit a school currently implementing the program, and then reconvene to make a final decision on Sept. 6.

Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman informed the board that as of 4 p.m. on Monday, a proposal of more than $200,000 had been drafted after a long negotiation process with Lindamood-Bell representatives. The summer program costs about $50,000 for materials and program fees and an additional estimated $80,000 in teacher pay for the 17 teachers that volunteered for the program.

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