Board of Education

BoE OKs $200K a year Internet ‘learning management program’

Educators at a recent Fayette County Board of Education meeting include (L-R) Barry Marchman, Dan Colwell, Superintendent Joseph Barrow, Chair Marion Key, Diane Basham and Leonard Presberg. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Teachers, students and parents in Fayette County will soon explore the touted benefits of a $200,000 per year learning management program approved Jan. 17 by the Fayette County Board of Education. The expenditure for the new program is included in the current budget.

Among its features, the Blackboard Learn program can be used to enhance teaching tasks and create assignments, manage content, collaborate with teachers across multiple school systems, analyze data and, for students and teachers, provide “anywhere/anytime” learning, according to blackboard.com. Read More»

Portion of old school to be transformed into a garden spot

A Jan. 20 decision by the Fayette County Board of Education paved the way for a community garden to be established on the grounds of the former Tyrone Elementary School.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said he had received correspondence from Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial indicating that a new garden club had inquired about using a portion of the former school grounds to establish a community garden.

Barrow said the requested location is on the northeast side of the former school.

“It’s a good idea and a good opportunity for the community,” Barrow said. Read More»

School system chooses path

The Coweta County Board of Education voted Tuesday to file a letter of intent to pursue Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) as the flexibility option for the Coweta County School System. Superintendent Steve Barker discusses IE2 and Charter System status at a Jan. 7 public listening session on flexibility options at Madras Middle School. Photo/Submitted.

The Coweta County Board of Education approved a letter Tuesday notifying the state of Georgia that the Coweta County School System will pursue IE2 status as the system’s flexibility option. Read More»

Some residents urge Fayette to drop voting appeal

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Voting lawsuit legal expenses mount up: $743,000 so far

There was no official statement from any member of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 8 meeting regarding the recent developments in the district voting case, which an appellate court recently sent back here for trial, but several citizens made their opinions known during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Three speakers urged the board to stop pursuing the case, while one expressed his displeasure at how the new district voting setup has affected his voting rights. Read More»

District voting now heads to a bench trial

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the appeal by the Fayette County Commission (BOC) and Fayette County Board of Education (BOE) of a federal court decision mandating district voting in Fayette County is in. The three-judge federal panel rejected Read More»

Fayette County wins district voting appeal

Fayette County wins district voting appeal

Will get bench trial and a chance to keep at-large voting

A federal appeals court ruling says Fayette County gets another shot at upholding at-large voting for the board of commissioners and the board of education, The Citizen has learned.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta has ruled that the district court judge made a mistake in granting summary judgment in favor of the NAACP and against the county and the school board in the lawsuit alleging racial discrimination under the federal Voting Rights Act. Read More»

Fayette BoE mulls $200K online learning app

Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson on Jan. 5 at the Fayette County Board of Education administers the oath of office to Democrat Leonard Presberg (Post 5) and Republican Diane Basham (Post 4). Photo/Ben Nelms.

An expenditure of nearly $200,000 for an multi-faceted online learning management program to be used by teachers, students and parents in grades K-12 will be up for a vote by the Fayette County Board of Education later this month.

The proposal for the Blackboard Learn program was presented by Technology Director Sharon Lunceford after a committee of school system staff reviewed a number of proposals. The cost for the program is included in the current budget. Read More»

Fayette schools’ enrollment numbers down to 2002 levels

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Student enrollment in Fayette County public schools continues to decline, even during the school year. Enrollment figures reported for Nov. 21 showed 20,063 students, down 60 from the 20,123 that began the school year in the county.

Fayette County public schools saw a small overall decrease in the number of students who began the 2014-2015 school year in early August. With a net decrease of 160 students, elementary and middle schools lost students while the county’s high schools saw a increase enrollment. Read More»

Board seeks calendar input

The Coweta County Board of Education is asking for public input on the 2016-2017 school calendar to be adopted in January. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 11 on school system’s website. Read More»

Happy New Year: 1% pay raise for school employees

Fayette Board of Education members hear a presentation at a recent meeting. From left, Barry Marchman, Dan Colwell, Superintendent Joseph Barrow, Chairman Marion Key, Bob Todd and Leonard Presberg. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 15 gave unanimous approval to a 1 percent pay raise Read More»