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Accessing data about Macon County schools is about to become a whole lot easier for teachers and administrators of the school system.

At Monday’s meeting of the Board of Education, technology director Tim Burrell presented a powerful new program that that will allow users to access, compare and correlate a vast amount of data.

The TetraData system developed by Follett Software Company is marketed as “a robust suite of educational data analysis, management and vision alignment tools designed to help K- 12 districts drive systemic change.”


Recently a group of Franklin High School Career and Technical Education students participated in the SkillsUSA Regional Competition held at Blue Ridge Community College where several students placed in the following: 1st place Jobs Skills Demo; 1st place in Debate; 1st , 3rd and 5th in Welding; 2nd in Automotive; 4th and 5th in Carpentry; 1st in Promotional Bulletin Board.

The group also travelled to the State Competition in Greensboro and hopefully on to Nationals in the summer.


Leon Harris, a 2008 graduate of Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Job Corps Center in Franklin, returned to his old school on Wednesday as a customer service representative for the U.S. Forest Service offering information and advice about how to pursue a career in the Forest Service. Harris was only one of a number of representatives from government agencies and companies which participated in LBJ’s first annual job fair, but he was also a symbol of the value of Job Corps and the possibilities it can open up for those students who choose to take advantage of it.

Harris, who studied Business Technology at LBJ, said his experience at the Job Corps Center had been transformative.


David O. Belcher, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2003, has been elected chancellor of Western Carolina University by the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Tom Ross placed Belcher’s name in nomination today (April 8) during a regular meeting of the board. Belcher, 53, will assume his new duties July 1, succeeding John W. Bardo, who is stepping down after 16 years in the post.

In recommending Belcher to the Board of Governors, Ross said: “David Belcher brings to the task more than two decades of academic and leadership experience at highly respected public universities. At each step along the way, he has proven himself to be an energetic and effective leader who encourages strategic thinking, promotes collaboration and inclusiveness, and makes student success a university-wide responsibility. He has also earned a reputation for great integrity, sound decision-making, and a strong commitment to community engagement and outreach.



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