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Resurfacing won’t solve ongoing drainage problem.

The track at Franklin High School serves the community all year long. From hosting community events such as the annual Relay for Life fundraiser to offering residents a place to exercise, the high school track is more than just a facility for students. Recognizing the need for improvements to the track, Macon County Board of Education Chairman Jim Breedlove recommended that the school board ask the county for help funding the needed renovations.

With an anticipated $55,000 needed to resurface the track, the school board plans to ask the county for help improving the facility.


Uncertainty on the state level has led Macon County School leaders to leave a slew of positions unfilled for the coming school year. Monday night, Terry Bell, a consultant working with Macon County Schools handling responsibilities such as school personnel, informed board members that the school system had a long list of vacancies, some of which will have to remain unfilled in the coming school year due to the lack of guidance from the state’s budget.

Out of the roughly 19 vacancies within the district, Bell informed board members that at least eight will go unfilled in the coming school year, many of which include teacher assistant positions.


Highlands, Nantahala planning ahead for snow days.

Winter weather has always been difficult for all Macon County students, causing school to be cancelled or delayed several times a year, but for students attending school at Highlands and Nantahala, winter always seems to hit a little harder and disrupt the annual calendar a little more.

With a calendar waiver approved during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, students in those areas of the county will see some relief when it comes to the school calendar next year.


Driver’s ed, teacher assistants on the line for 2015-16.

The North Carolina General Assembly is expected to spend the next several weeks hashing out the state budget, which may take a while considering the vast differences between the two chamber’s budget proposals.

The Senate voted on their $21.47 billion budget last week, a two percent increase over the current year. Last month, the House approved their version, which weighed in at $22.2 billion, a five percent increase in spending.

Senate Republican and Democrats were split on the proposal, with the basis of contention involving education. The two parties spend five hours arguing the Senate’s education support, or according to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, the lack thereof.


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