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Western Carolina University’s (WCU) new chancellor, Dr. David O. Belcher and his wife, Susan, visited Macon County on Wednesday as the third of 15 stops on their “Get Acquainted Tour.”

Belcher came to WCU from Arkansas and is finding the transition to be an easy one. “Susan and I absolutely love being in this part of the country,” he said. “It is an absolutely spectacular place, the people are wonderful and we love Western Carolina University. “

The chancellor only joined WCU’s staff on July 1, but has already begun demonstrating his leadership skills and introducing strategic goals to bring much needed improvements to WCU. “I didn’t just come here to praise the past. I came to raise the bar,” said Belcher.


Macon Middle School deemed a ‘career exploration school’

Students entering Macon Middle School earlier this month for the 2011-2012 school year were not given the choice to take an art class. For the second year in a row, MMS has not offered art as an elective course. Instead, MMS is looking to begin offering an industrial arts class that will provide students with hands on carpentry, drafting and agriculture.


Representatives from the Lindamood- Bell Learning Process met with Macon County board members, teachers, and school officials last Thursday to discuss a summer training program that resulted in significant progress for students.

The program worked so well that several students were now testing proficient in areas of reading and comprehension that they had previously tested below average.

According to Matthew Gardner, regional manager of School Partnerships for the California-based company, the program was implemented at East Franklin over a four week period. A group of 54 students and 17 teachers received 4 hours of intensive classroom instruction daily. “The goal of the summer school program wasn’t just achievement in the summer, but training teachers how to educate students how to read,” Gardner said.


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

Newly-hired President Don Tomas presented service pins and awards to those recognized.



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