The Macon County schools are a vital part of this community, especially to those citizens with school-age children. In the coming weeks, the Macon County Times will be spotlighting each school starting this week with Central Elementary.
Students and teachers at Central Elementary have witnessed several changes and improvements in recent years which have made it a better school.
Principal Dawn Thompson noted the most recent improvements include new windows and a new, pitched metal roof. This is all work that was done just this past summer. Air conditioning in the gym was also added last year.
Central has added new playground equipment in recent years, and the school recently added more space to the existing six year-old computer facility.
Thompson added that she felt the fact that all of the jobs are vital to the school's success is one of the most overlooked aspects of what makes Central a good school.
“I don't think people realize just how dedicated some of these people are...all the jobs are important, from the janitors and the cooks to the teachers and the assistants,” Thompson said.
School librarian Leeann Allen also said how much she enjoyed the other employees working with her at Central.
Principal Thompson also praised the school's students. “They constantly have to be adapting. They all seem to adapt well and most cooperate with you,” she said.
Librarian Allen also said that seeing the “smiling faces when they got off the bus in the morning” was the most rewarding part of working with the students.
Central has undergone a number of changes over the years in it's grade levels (grouping of students by grade) due to a strong growth in the number of students in the school system. Central initially was home was to the 5th grade through the 8th grade. Currently, however, it contains just the 2nd grade and 3rd grade.
Central is a long time home to several staff and faculty members with a great deal of experience.