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School board splits on 2011/12 calendar option

Macon County schools have applied for a waiver from the State Board of Education that would allow them adopt an alternative calendar for the next school year which would include two, week-long periods for students to catch up or brush up on school subjects. In addition, the alternative calendar moves the school start date to earlier in August, allowing the district to finish the first semester before the beginning of the end-of-year holidays.

If the waiver is approved and the alternative calendar accepted, the 2011/12 school year will begin on Aug. 4, three weeks earlier than the traditional calendar preference which the school board has approved as a back-up in case the waiver is denied.

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At the prompting of the North Carolina School Boards Association, the Macon County School board has adopted a resolution in opposition to the proposed N.C. Senate Bill 8, known as the Charter School Bill. SB 8 would redefine the funding process for charter schools and could allow funding for private schools that would take away from current revenues for public schools.

“I hope everybody realizes how serious this is,” said Gary Shields at the Board of Education’s Monday meeting. “If the monies are taken away from the public school sector and put into the private school sector, we are in trouble.”

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As part of a unit on government and presidents, first grade students at East Franklin Elementary School were assigned presidents to learn about.

On Monday, Presidents Day, the students dressed up as their president and presented some of the things they had learned.

First grade teacher Pam Owens said that the students always have a great time with the yearly activity, but added that most of them are more interested in the presidents’ favorite food or the name of their pet than in their politics.

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Southwestern Community College announced the President’s and Dean’s lists for Fall 2010. To earn the honor of President’s List students must achieve and maintain a 3.85 Grade Point Average. Students with a GPA between 3.50 and 3.84 earn the honor of the Dean’s List.

To be eligible for either honor, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours of courses and not have any incomplete or failing grades.

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published: 10/18/2013
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