Macon County Schools Superintendent and fellow Rotarian Josh Lynch was the guest speaker at the Sept. 20 club meeting.
Josh is now in his 20th year in the education field. He was sworn in as superintendent in June, following the retirement of Dr. Chris Baldwin. Prior to becoming superintendent, Josh was assistant superintendent, director of federal programs, testing and accountability and K-12 curriculum.
He was principal at Cartoogechaye for seven years, assistant principal at East Franklin, and spent seven years as a third-grade teacher at Cowee.
Macon County Schools by the numbers:
- 4,473 student population
- 660 employees
- 375 teachers
- 12 schools
- 92.7% graduation rate
- 63% EDS (economically disadvantaged student/Title 1)
- 9% multilingual learners
Josh said school nurses and mental health professionals are among the greatest needs in the school system. Three school nurses were hired using ESSER (Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief) funds made available during the pandemic, but that funding expires in 2024.