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Preschoolers, children ages 3-5 years are very curious. They ask questions and want to share what they know. Books can help them to explore the world, things in and far from what they encounter each day.

Why Read to Preschoolers

Curiosity about the world creates excitement for learning. Sharing books exposes preschoolers to people, animals, ideas, and words.


In honor of Sunshine Week, an annual homage to freedom of official information which is celebrated nationwide, Carolina Public Press held a series of public-record events to teach the importance of “Full Disclosure.”

The workshops, which were held at Western Carolina University and at University of North Carolina-Asheville, were designed to teach the general public about the information that’s available to anyone, if you only know where to look and how to ask.



School Board questions data provided by central office.

The Board of Education tabled discussion regarding the 2012/2013 school calendar and a weather waiver request allowing the school district to implement a specialized school calendar due to concern about the accuracy of the data.

According to Andrew Cox, of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), a recent law that was retroactively applied to the past 10 years of districts across the state allowed delays and half days to be counted toward days missed during a school year.


New school still on schedule, despite setbacks.

After a few small delays, the new Iotla Valley school is expected to be completed in early July.

The project is the culmination of a long process which began back in December of 1996 and was executed by the joint efforts of both the Macon County Board of Commissioners and the Macon County School Board. The new school is being funded and constructed through the utilization of the interoperability compact between the two boards, and the debt for the cost of the school, which is rounded to about $14 million, will fall solely on the county.


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