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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited Western Carolina University on Friday, May 22, seeking support for his proposed $3 billion bond package that would fund state infrastructure improvements and transportation projects, a plan that would include $114.9 million for a new WCU science building.

McCrory told a standing-room-only crowd assembled in a laboratory in WCU’s existing Natural Science Building, which was originally built in the 1970s and is no longer considered suitable for science education, that the time for the bond issue is now because of low interest rates and growing infrastructure needs.

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Donation to go to early education scholarship fund.

Throughout his life, Jeff Cloer was always inspired by his mother’s dedication to the young children in her care as a director of Macon County’s HeadStart program and also as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.

To honor Ida Ramey Cloer’s devotion to her profession and the lives she touched, Jeff Cloer made a $1,200 donation to the Southwestern Community College Foundation to create the Ida Ramey Cloer Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund.

The fund will be used to support an annual scholarship that will go to a deserving student entering SCC’s early childhood education program.

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How county contributions compare to state allocations.

Over the last 10 years, public education in North Carolina has shifted, as the state's structure has changed in order to accommodate for student enrollment growth, the rise of charter and virtual schools, and other factors that have caused state dollars to be stretched a little further.

Looking at data over the last decade, school enrollment in Macon County has increased by about 250 students. Funding from the state has gone from $20.3 million in 2005 to $24.6 million in 2014 with a difference of more than $3 million between 2008 and 2009. On the local level, beginning in 2007, the county provided $6 million, and by 2014, was up to $7.3 million. After the jump is a look at public education funding in Macon County over the last 10 years.

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Upset bids ramping up costs associated with the sale.

Cullasaja School has sat empty and on the market for years. When the school system finally received the first bid on the property back in December, they never imagined that in May, they would still be going through the bidding process.

On December 1, the school system received the first bid for the Cullasaja School property in the amount of $75,000. Since the initial bid, 12 upset bids have been submitted from four different bidders, driving the bid up to $161,878.10. Each time an upset bid is received, it has to be advertised for 10 days, and all interested bidders have to be notified by the school system's attorney John Henning Jr., before the next bid can be accepted.

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