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Superintendent addresses concerns regarding move to digital textbooks

After members of the community voiced concern regarding the Macon County School District’s decision to move to a 1:1 format for digital textbooks in high school across the district, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin reached out to members of the media to share information regarding the process.

In this coming school year, all high school students in Macon County will take part in the initiative to provide 1:1 digital learning devices (iPads) fully equipped with textbooks to students.

“State funding allocated toward purchasing new textbooks has been steadily reduced from $297,726 in 2008-2009 to $62,773 in 2013-2014,” explained Dr. Baldwin.

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MEC teacher invents electronics kits for students

Talking to a former student about her experience learning electronics in college, Macon Early College teacher Dan Alich began wondering why basic electronics were not taught in high school and younger grades. Alich, who acquired a passion for finding out what made things tick while growing up working with electronic kits, wanted to find a way to bring electronics into his classroom at MEC.

“While struggling in my classroom/club to help students learn and understand electronics and programming, I started to look for a complete process and design for building and teaching,” said Alich.

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We find ourselves in late July with a new school year fast approaching.

This is an appropriate time to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the past school year and to look forward in excitement to 2014-15. I am pleased with our district's very steady progress and our community's very steadfast support of our schools.

Before school year 2014-15 begins, please take a moment to reflect on all that we, as a school district, have achieved at both the district and school site level.

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“Early College” high school students in North Carolina are experiencing higher levels of success than many of their peers at traditional high schools, according to research conducted by Dr. Julie Edmunds at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Dr. Edmunds has been tracking the progress of early college students since 2006 and has found positive impacts at the high school and college levels. In her study, 86 percent of early college students enrolled in college compared to 65 percent of the control group.

 

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