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North Carolina residents are invited to enter the NC 529 Scholarship Contest from now through April 30, 2014. Information and entry forms are available through 100 winners, one from every county in North Carolina, will be selected by a random drawing from all entries in each county.

Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a $529 contribution to an NC 529 Plan college savings account owned (or opened after the drawing) by the entrant whose name is drawn. The owner of the NC 529 account must be at least 18 years of age and can name a child, grandchild or anyone else in or planning for college (even him or herself) as the Account Beneficiary. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2014 – which is College Savings Day, 5/29.


Teachers invited to presentation on new tenure law.

Ever since the North Carolina General Assembly voted to do away with the state’s teacher tenure law, districts across the state have been riddled with questions about the implementation of the changes. To better help Macon County teachers understand the legal changes, Dean Shatley of Campbell-Shatley PLLC will speak to employees and offer details and information as it pertains to state law and the relinquishment of career status.

The presentation will be given at Franklin High School at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. Dan Moore, Macon County Schools Director of Personnel, informed board members that the information event would be streamed live to Nantahala and Highlands.


Macon County has been overwhelmed with inclement winter weather in the past few weeks, forcing school closures. With schools being closed both Wednesday and Thursday of this week alone, some parents have expressed concern regarding the possibility of students attending Saturday school to make up days. According to Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, even with Thursday's cancellation, Macon County is still on track to be able to complete the 1,025 "in-seat" time hours required by state law.


An administrative decision regarding the student grading process has left some Jackson County parents concerned. At the beginning of the spring semester for the 2013-14 school year, Jackson County administrators made the decision to adopt a “no-zero-grade policy.” The new procedure prohibits teachers from being able to issue any grade below a 55 to students, regardless if a student completes an assignment or not.

The new procedure, which is supported by the Jackson County Board of Education, was considered this fall when central office and school based administrators met and discussed the grading procedures. “We reached consensus on the equity for the “F” numerical range and will implement the procedure beginning with the second semester, [Jan. 2014],” said Dr. Kim Elliott Assistant Superintendent for Jackson County Schools.


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