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Macon County Schools announced last week that South Macon Elementary School teacher Melissa Faetz was named the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year and East Franklin Elementary School Principal Shirely Parks was named Principal of the Year.

“Shirley Parks has served the students of Macon County for 29 years,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “She began her career as a teacher assistant at Otto School in August 1984 and went on to serve as a teacher at that school and Union Elementary through July of 2000.  She transitioned to South Macon Elementary in 2000 and then on to Cartoogechaye Elementary School in 2003.  She went on to become the Lead Teacher/Assistant Principal of Cartoogechaye in June of 2006.  She continued in this role until July of 2011 when Ms. Parks was named principal of East Franklin Elementary School.  Ms. Parks is well-respected as an outstanding educator who has consistently put the needs of her students first throughout her career.”

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During its August meeting, the Macon County Board of Education gave the unanimous consensus for school board attorney John Henning Jr. to draft a resolution for a policy change that would ban guns on school campuses.

Under the new law, G.S. 14-269.2, individuals who hold a concealed carry permit, are legally permitted to bring a concealed gun onto school campuses as long as the gun remains in a locked compartment in or attached to a locked vehicle.

The president of Grass Roots North Carolina and executive director of Rights Watch International, F. Paul Valone, sent a letter to Macon County School Board Chairman Jim Breedlove informing the board that if they choose to move forward with a policy change banning guns on school campuses, GRNC would take action against the county.

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For the second year, Franklin High School sophomore Amber Sellino has been rallying her classmates and using social media to spread the word about National Suicide Prevention Day, scheduled for Sept. 10. Participants are encouraged to wear yellow to bring awareness to suicide.

After seeing a photo on a social media website about suicide awareness/prevention day last year, Sellino took to social media to get her friends involved. Her efforts had a chain reaction far greater than she could ever have imagined. Last year, through a Facebook group Sellino started, 10,000 invites were sent out around the world and more than 1,300 responded agreeing to participate in the day by wearing yellow in support of suicide prevention. With the success of last year's event, Sellino decided to work to spread the word again this year.

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Southwestern Community College welcomed back faculty for the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Jackson Campus.

Faculty and staff were presented various awards and also got updates from several college officials.

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published: 10/18/2013
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