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Rabun Gap opens 120th academic year with 675 strong

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School started the first day of the 2023-2024 school year on Wednesday, August 23, welcoming 675 students in PreK through 12th grade.

Rabun Gap is serving more students than ever from the local area and around the world. Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School continues its founding mission to deliver premier educational opportunities rooted in its highly regarded applied learning curriculum for students in all divisions.

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Elizabeth Waldroop joins SCC’s Board of Trustees

SYLVA – Elizabeth (Betty) Waldroop’s ties to Southwestern Community College go way back to the very beginning, and they run deep.

Her uncle, Charles Siler Slagle, was a founding member of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees. He served on the board from 1968 through 1996, including time as chair, and the board room in SCC’s Burrell Building is named in his honor.

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Swain County Schools cap out-of-district enrollment due to capacity

By Kristin Fox

The Swain County School system is experiencing increased enrollment for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. These higher enrollment numbers have moved Superintendent Mark Sale to request something he has never asked for -- to close enrollment for out-of-district students. At their regular meeting this week, the school board followed the recommendation of Sale to cap enrollment for three Swain County Schools.

The school system has closed enrollment for out-of-district students for kindergarten at East Elementary, kindergarten and first grade at West Elementary School and the freshmen class at Swain High School.

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Macon County Schools welcome new leadership for 2023-24 school year; most schools will provide free lunch

*Highlands School incoming Assistant Principal Alyssa DeBois and family featured in photo.

When students return for school next week, it is likely there will be new faces within their school's administration to greet them.

In addition to the first new Superintendent for Macon County Schools in a decade with Josh Lynch being named as Dr. Chris Baldwin's successor this summer, seven out of the district's 12 schools will have new members of their administration.

While most of the faces eager to greet students next week will be familiar faces for parents, as they have transitioned from other roles within the school system, students in Highlands School will have a new Assistant Principal who will still be unpacking her boxes when the first bell rings.

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Summit Charter School expanding to accommodate record enrollment

By Kristin Fox

With record enrollment, Summit Charter School located in Cashiers, North Carolina has embarked on a $6.5 million campaign, Help Us Reach Our Summit, to support phase II of its expansion from a K-8 to K-12 school. In 2018, Summit started adding a new high school grade annually, graduating its first senior class in the spring of 2022.

Since it was established as a K-8 school in 1997, the tuition-free public charter school has experienced historic growth. Summit was one of the first charter schools in the state.

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Renovations to Highlands Middle School put on hold

In a unanimous decision during their August board meeting, the Macon County Board of Commissioners

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