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News Education Superintendent gives ‘state of schools’

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.

Recent accolades and accomplishments include:

  • 2013-14 Cartoogechaye Elementary, South Macon Elementary, Highlands School, Macon Middle School and Franklin High School students exceeded their expected academic growth expectations (
  • 2013-14 Iotla Valley Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, Macon Early College, and Nantahala School students met their expected academic growth expectations (
  • 2013-14 Cartoogechaye Elementary received a prestigious Title I Award.
  • 2013-14 Franklin High School was recognized by US News and World Report as a Bronze Medal High School.
  • 2013-14 Union Academy was recognized by US News and World Report as a Bronze Medal High School.
  • 2013-14 71% of Macon County Schools students enrolled in AP courses earned a 3 or better.
  • Macon County Schools Graduation Rate for the 2012-13 was 86.5% which exceeds the state average.
  • 2012-13 Macon County Schools students exceeded the state average of students meeting the minimum ACT score.
  • 2011-12 (Final year of this award) Cartoogechaye Elementary, South Macon Elementary, Highlands School and Franklin High School recognized as North Carolina Schools of Distinction.

This year, our district also:

  • Partnered with the Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland and his department to receive a grant ($78,000) to help offset the cost of two additional School Resource Officers.
  • Received a grant from Lowe’s ($85,000) to fund a new science lab at Franklin High School.
  • Received Digital Learning Grant ($47,207) to purchase digital textbooks and pay for the staff development training for the use of digital textbooks.
  • Began the implementation of the New State Standards (NCSCOS) by providing professional development to our teachers, purchasing more than 500 IPads for the state-mandated computer testing, and the transition toward digital textbooks at the high school level.
  • Graduated 27 Macon Early College students with both a high school diploma and an Associates in Arts degree.
  • Reduced local expenditures by $994,154 since 2011-12.

I am proud to serve as the superintendent of the Macon County School system and grateful to our employees, our parents and guardians, our neighbors, and our community partners for making Macon County Schools such a special place for young people to learn and grow. We are a strong school system that is striving to improve.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to communicating with all of you starting in late August.


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