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Funding cuts weighing down budget process; School Board develops a ‘just in case’ budget

Since the recession, the budget planning process has been a daunting task for school officials in Macon County. With fewer and fewer dollars to work with each year, while student enrollment numbers continue to grow, the school board has pinched just about every last penny that they possibly can. Facing a $621,342 budget shortfall and having to ask the county for yet another increase, the school district can identify four significant budget items that are contributing to the issue this fiscal year. This year's request totals $7.9 million.

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Back when Southwestern Community College was a satellite of A-B Tech in the mid 1960s, it wasn’t uncommon for faculty and staff to directly cover tuition costs for students when the need arose.

History is repeating itself this week.

Thanks to the generosity of faculty and staff, SCC is now offering a one-year, tuition- and-fees scholarship in addition to other prizes at its 50th anniversary open house celebration that starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at the Jackson Campus.

Faculty and staff contributed more than $2,300 to the SCC Foundation over the past few weeks to make the one-year, 50th SCC Anniversary Scholarship a reality.

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Members of Franklin High School's math club made school history when they achieved the highest score in the club's eight year history at the Furman Ciphering Contest at Furman University on Saturday.

Three of the club's mathletes, Lexi Kloeppel, Kacie England, and Kennedy Moritz, competed in the ciphering contest and did better than any students that came before them.

Kloeppel, England, and Moritz were part of a ninemember team who travelled to Furman University to compete at the Furman Wylie Math Tournament.

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Fourth grade students at East Franklin Elementary put on their thinking caps last week for the 11th annual science fair. Project choices were selected by the students according to their interests and they were asked to follow the scientific method. The students came up with a "big question," created their hypothesis, conducted research and then completed their experiment in order to draw a conclusion.

"The kids were all very excited and a few were nervous but they all had a great time showing off their projects to other East Franklin students and their families," said East Franklin Fourth Grade Teacher Lora Neitz.

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