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2023 A Look Back: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Award

The race for Macon County Board of Education will remain non-partisan. The race for Macon County Board of Education will remain non-partisan. File photo

The Macon County Board of Education has put in countless hours this year working to provide the best education possible for its students.

Even with two new members elected last November, the board hasn’t skipped a beat. Board members not only spent time at their own board meetings, but regularly attended hours of county commission meetings to advocate for the schools.

After Macon residents chose not to pass the quarter-cent sales tax to help pay for a new Franklin High School, the school board has worked hard to keep commissioners funding the planning process for the new school, while simultaneously trying to get grant funding through the Department of Public Instruction. The board has ticked away at several needed capital improvements in the schools throughout the calendar year and hired a new superintendent for the start of this school year.  

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As the year drew to a close, the board was faced with one final challenge, a push from some Macon County Commissioners to try to change the board of education from a non-partisan board to a partisan-elected board. But once again, school board members rallied together, voiced their opposition, attended a county commission meeting to drive home their point, and succeeded in convincing county commissioners to toss out the resolution.

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