Central Elementary declared ‘surplus’ for ‘disposal’

Haywood County’s Central Elementary School has been declared “surplus” school board property and will be disposed of according to proper procedures. 

NC ‘Sanctuary Cities’ threatened with loss of school, road funding

north carolinaIn late October 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the “Protect North Carolina Workers Act,” requiring state and local governments to verify the immigration status of potential employees and to prohibit interference in the relationship of local law enforcement with federal agents investigating immigration violations. 

Macon works toward middle ground on school funding

fr maconschoolsMacon County Schools Superintendent Chris Baldwin came before the county commissioners last week to plead his case for additional funding in the 2016-17 budget.

Making the grade: Educator reinvents dropout prevention, but budget cuts jeopardize program

coverKyle Ledford spent years working with at-risk youth and high school dropouts in the Haywood school system. Saving kids was his calling, but it always felt like he was not playing with a full deck.

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“The problems these kids were having could not be addressed in and of itself by a school. We couldn’t do anything about getting them a job or providing childcare or getting them housing and clothing,” Ledford said. “I can teach kids all day long, but I can’t do anything about housing and I can’t do anything about food stamps and I can’t do anything about transportation. The school system can’t solve a societal problem. It takes the community.”

Dropout program in jeopardy

fr learningcenter1Despite wild success rescuing high school dropouts and turning their lives around, the Haywood Community Learning Center is on the brink of closing if a funding quandary isn’t solved soon.

Caught in life’s crosshairs, students struggle not to dropout

fr bucellaThe trials of adulthood came early for Nicole Ferguson.

Trying to put a square peg in a round hole? Kyle Ledford’s your man

fr ledfordIf there’s one thing Kyle Ledford is good at, it’s pushing boulders uphill.

Haywood Schools to make layoff announcements this week

haywoodBudget cuts are forcing Haywood County Schools to lay off 10 teachers and staff at the end of this school year.

Lawsuit filed over closure of Central Elementary

fr melroseA lawsuit was filed this week against the Haywood County School Board alleges ulterior motives were at play for closing Central Elementary School and that school officials engaged in a concerted, secretive effort to keep the impending closure of the school off the public’s radar, ultimately violating state statutes.

Budget cuts for assistant coaches reconsidered following backlash

fr coachesBudget cuts impacting assistant coaches at the middle and high school level will likely be restored in Haywood County Schools following public outcry from the youth athletics community.

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