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Budget includes $1.5 million from savings to cover loss of federal stim money

Budget time is here again, and this year’s negotiations promise to be even more interesting than usual. At last week’s meeting of the Macon County Board of Education, a draft budget for the 2011-2012 school year was passed which anticipates cuts of up to 10 percent from state allocations this year.

Earlier in the year, school districts were instructed to produce budgets based on various reduction scenarios of 5, 10 and 15 percent as the state scrambles to cover a $3 billion budget hole brought on in part by the loss of revenue from temporary taxes that expire this year.


A ground-breaking ceremony for Southwestern Community College’s new $7.9 million academic/ administrative/ bookstore building on the Jackson Campus will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6.

Due to the mud and access issues at the property site, folks are asked to gather in the Balsam Center Lobby for the ceremony.

The 38,210-square-foot building will be named for SCC’s long-time Chairman of the Board Conrad Burrell. An SCC trustee since 1996, Burrell is currently serving his 11th term as chairman of the board.

Burrell, whose close ties to SCC began years ago when he took carpentry and electrical classes, called it “an honor” to have this new building named for him. He remembers the night he learned of that honor.



FHS biology class experiences biodiversity, culture of Costa Rica

In the early morning hours of April 18, Franklin High School students from Joan Willis’ advanced biology class loaded a motor coach and began their field trip to the Central American nation of Costa Rica. After more than a year of planning and holding 16 fundraisers, the group of 17 students and six adults made their way to the Atlanta Airport, their point of departure for Costa Rica.

Once the class arrived at their destination, they were met by a guide who quickly shuttled them through security and to their hotel, where they were fed a traditional Costa Rican meal by the wait staff.


Dr. Dan Brigman, Superintendent of Macon County Schools, has been listed as one of seven candidates for the position of superintendent of the Huntsville, Ala., school system.

Brigman, who is originally from Madison County, arrived in Macon County in 2006, replacing Rodney Shotwell who had resigned after allegations of impropriety surfaced regarding his relationship with an employee. Previously, Brigman had been the superintendent of the Coffee County school system in Manchester, Tenn., from 2004 to 2006.

“I am extremely flattered to be one of the seven candidates to be presented to the board for consideration,” said Brigman on Tuesday. “If given the opportunity, I will definitely accept but will work closely with our board of education here to insure a smooth transition.”


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