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Reacting to the finalized State budget now awaiting action by Governor Beverly Perdue, the Co-Chairs of the Quality School Coalition (QSC) charged legislators with “setting education at all levels back decades.” They further said, “We don’t have to go this deeply. Keeping all or part of the current one-cent sales tax would avoid most of the cuts to universities, community colleges and K-12 schools. This is a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.”

Tom Bradshaw, former Chair of the State Chamber of Commerce, and Larry Price, former State Superintendent of the Year, Co-Chair the coalition which now speaks on behalf of over forty statewide and local organizations. Commenting on the budget for public schools, they said, “The final budget is the worst of both worlds. Only a week after saying they were going to reform education by cutting teacher assistants and lowering class size, the General Assembly has reversed itself and is keeping assistants while finding the money to add over 1,000 teaching jobs to school districts that don’t have 1,000 classrooms. Worse, they are passing along the job of finding over $428 million in budget cuts to local school officials who will have to lay off thousands of employees at the same time they are getting 1,000 new teachers. That’s not school reform. It’s a shell game.”


Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce that Franklin’s Carrie Mae Long was awarded the Senior Scholastic Award for maintaining a perfect 4.0 cumulative scholastic average during her tenure at Gardner-Webb.

The Senior Scholastic Award is Gardner-Webb’s highest scholastic graduation honor.

Long was among the 436 students who recently graduated during Gardner-Webb’s 2011 spring commencement ceremony. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.


At a special called meeting on Tuesday, May 24, the Southwestern Community College Board of Trustees confirmed the selection of Dr. Donald Tomas of Aledo, Texas, as the college’s sixth president. His appointment was approved by the State Board of Community Colleges on May 20. Tomas will assume his duties as president on July 1.

Introducing Tomas to staff and faculty during a campus-wide meeting Tuesday, SCC Board of Trustees chairman Conrad Burrell said, “The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Tomas. His background and community college experience will be a good fit for our college and the communities it serves. We feel he has the knowledge and skills to move our college forward to the next level and ensure we complete our mission of providing a quality, affordable education to the citizens of western North Carolina. We are looking forward to working with him.”


The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved scholarships totaling $315,250 to 87 students from Western North Carolina. The Foundation administers approximately 60 scholarships funds, about 40 of which run a spring cycle offered to high school seniors each year.

According to John Fleming of the WNC Regional Scholarships Committee, the young people interviewed during the selection process impressed the committee with their focus, ambition and commitment to their work and communities. “This is a group of young people who are pursuing their education and dreams with determination and excitement,” he said. “Some of these future pharmacists, linguists, engineers, doctors and veterinarians come from economically-depressed households or otherwise face hurdles that might make academic success a challenge but they do not let anything stand in their way. It is deeply rewarding to be able to support their efforts.”


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