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Test scores ‘not even close’ to where they should be.

The Macon County Board of Education got a stern wake up call last week from Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan. He addressed the board regarding Macon County's 2011 test scores.

According to Dr. Duncan, based on the school district's End of Grades test scores, and ACT benchmark test, which is taken in the 11th grade to determine a student's preparedness for college level courses, Macon County is far below where they should be as a district.

“If you look at our test results based on surrounding counties, we are not even close to where we should be testing,” said Dr. Duncan. “There is no reason why we should be testing below average, or even average compared to other districts in the Western region of the state.


More than 100 educators, school staff and parents expected to attend

Like the school gardens it encourages, the Farm to School movement is growing — nationally and right here in Western North Carolina. To provide school staff and community members the training and resources needed to strengthen existing and implement new Farm to School programs, ASAP’s (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) Growing Minds Farm to School Program will host WNC’s first Farm to School Institute Nov. 10, 8 a.m to 5 p.m., at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, home of the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness.


Macon County schools' central office has been scrambling this week to balance the 2012- 2013 budget. Last week, the schools’ finance director Angie Cook, informed county commissioners at a joint facilities review committee that Macon County schools are in serious financial trouble. She informed commissioners that she had been working with Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan to find areas in the budget to reduce cost in order to make up for a $550,000 shortfall in next year's budget.

According to Dr. Duncan, the school system’s financial problems did not surface overnight, but are a result of years of overspending and allocating more in the budget than the school system had in funding.


As part of an ongoing joint effort between the school system and the county to give Macon County schools a face lift, the facilities review committee met last week to discuss continued improvements to schools throughout the district.

The joint effort, which began as a project to improve the infrastructure of Macon County through consolidations and renovations to schools, has allowed Macon County Commissioners and the Board of Education to work together for more than five years to offer the best education for children in the county.


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