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Editor’s note: This article was published with several inaccurate statements. The Employment Security Commission characterized in the headline as “ESC” has been renamed the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions. Jim McMahan spoke to the Macon County Board of Commissioners regarding a county-owned property that could be utililized by the employment office at no cost. The article stated they were looking for a place to rent. That statement was incorrect. It also stated the Southwestern Community College had been paying the rent but could no longer afford to pay it. In fact, the rent has been paid through June 2014 by the Southwestern Workforce Development Board.

Due to a $30 million reduction in funding – or nearly 50 percent – employment offices across the state may close or reduce hours as part of a major restructuring following cuts in federal funding.

Local Employment Security Office manager Dale West spoke to commissioners last week to make them aware of the cuts and to ask for help. As a result, some offices of the North Carolina Division of Workforce Solutions – formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, but renamed after a merger of two Department of Commerce divisions – may reduce the number of days they’re open, and others may close entirely, depending on their proximity to other agencies offering the same services, said West.

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Final plan approval projected for April 28 meeting.

Monday night, Macon County’s Board of Education expressed its continued disappointment in state legislation requiring the district to select 25 percent of eligible teachers in the school system to be awarded a fouryear contract and $500 bonus.

The state mandated changes to teacher tenure laws in North Carolina requiring local districts to develop a plan to select 25 percent of teachers in the district to be offered extended contracts in exchange for the voluntary relinquishing of their tenure status.

Macon County is among several districts in the state who have spoken out against the changes, and continued to express their opposition Monday night with the passing of a resolution.

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Three Democratic candidates on the primary ballot.

The Macon County News is presenting candidate profiles on all primary candidates between now and the May 6 primary. Following the results of the primary, MCN will then profile candidates vying for seats in November.

The Macon County Register of Deeds is an office in which voters will choose which candidate will move on to the general election in November. The winner of the May primary will face Republican challenger Jamie Cochran in the November general election.

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Over the past couple of months, Southwestern Community College President Dr. Don Tomas has been meeting with officials in Macon County to determine a plan for expanding the Macon Campus. The proposed plan moved forward last week during a joint meeting with SCC’s Board of Trustees and Macon County Commissioners.

SCC’s Macon Campus was constructed on county-owned property in 2007 as a joint effort to provide higher education opportunities in Macon County. The property sits on 19 acres of county owned land. With enrollment numbers hitting at all-time highs both last fall and for the spring semester at the Macon Campus, Tomas has been tasked with finding a way to better accommodate the growing interest for education in Macon County.

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published: 10/18/2013
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