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On Monday, the Macon County Schools' central office was full of teachers concerned with the possibility that the school board could deny the district's educators a two percent supplement provided by the county.

Faced with the potential gaping budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year, the Macon County Board of Education (BOE) went to county commissioners asking for permission to grant the local two percent salary bonus that the county has awarded teachers over the last few years.

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Franklin business owner addresses WCU conference.

Western North Carolina’s educational institutions must re-emphasize the importance of mathematical skills at all levels – from basic addition and subtraction to advanced statistics, analysis and predictive modeling – if mountain students are to succeed in the modern workforce.

That was the message hammered home Thursday, Sept. 19, by panelists during a discussion titled “Mathematics and the WNC Workforce: Voices of Business Leaders” at the opening of a two-day conference of WNC educators ranging from pre-kindergarten through the university level.

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Franklin resident Madison Brown told several dozen community leaders Tuesday evening how scholarship assistance from the Southwestern Community College (SCC) Foundation is helping her achieve her goal of becoming a paramedic despite a troubled childhood.

Another SCC student and Macon County resident, Cliff Burton, described how the foundation’s financial support is allowing him to find a new career pathway in criminal justice after the Great Recession dried up employment opportunities in his previous vocation as a land surveyor.

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More than 100 people gathered in Franklin High School's Fine Arts Center Monday night to listen to guest speakers regarding “The state of public education.”

In collaboration with Public Schools First in NC and Progress NC the Macon County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) hosted the forum which featured NCAE President Rodney Ellis, former NC House Representative Patsy Keever, Macon County School Board Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, school board chairman Jim Breedlove, Macon County Teacher of the Year Melissa Faetz, Jackson County Superintendent Michael Murray and WNC NCAE Director Rena Sutton.

The forum discussed the impact that state budget cuts have had on education.

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