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Two Macon County schools and two Jackson County schools must offer parents the choice to transfer their children to neighboring schools as determined by the recently released preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress Reports (AYP).

The preliminary AYP results for the 2010- 2011 school year show that only seven out of the 11 schools in the Macon County district and five out of the nine schools in the Jackson County district made their AYP goals.

In Macon County, Mountain View Intermediate, Macon Middle, East Franklin and Nantahala School did not meet all of the target goals, or subgroups, needed to make the AYP.

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State judge denies request of petitioners to scrap Macon County’s alternative calendar

Though some kids may be disappointed to hear it, public school in Macon County will start next week as planned. A state judge has denied the request for a preliminary injunction which would have scrapped plans to begin classes in the county on Aug. 4.

On Tuesday, State Administrative Law Judge Joe L. Webster denied the request of the petitioners to delay the start of school until Aug. 25, the statewide legal start date required of all schools in the state without a special waiver.

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At Monday’s school board meeting, Macon County Schools Finance Director, Angie Cook, reported on the $1.26 million the district will be required to return to the state out of its $24.77 million allocation.

According to Cook, the allocation already reflected budget cuts which affected programs such as driver’s education. To compensate for the 5 percent reversion, Macon County reconfigured the budget and “trade in” 19 teaching position salaries and one principal’s salary.

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Whether or not classes at Macon County schools will start as scheduled on Aug. 4 remains to be seen.

At a special called meeting on July 18, the Macon County Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the 2011-2012 school calendar and authorizing its attorney to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the calendar and this year’s school start date.

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