Board of Education

5% BoE budget increase pays for 1.5% teacher pay hikes

With the first budget increase in more than five years, the system still plans to spend $3 million more than it collects in revenue

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 19 unanimously approved a $170.5 million tentative budget for the 2014-2015 school year that begins in July.

That’s a nearly 5 percent increase over the current year’s budget, the first budget growth in at least five years.

Even so, the school system plans to spend nearly $3 million more than it takes in for the coming year by reaching into leftover unspent funds from this year’s budget. Read More»

Dees, Mullins, Menk win Coweta BoE races

Coweta County voters in local contested races on May 20 chose incumbents Amy Dees and Harry Mullins and first-time candidate Linda Menk in the county's three contested races for seats on the Coweta County Board of Education.

The District 1 race featured incumbent Amy Dees and challenger Monica Terrell. Dees took 66.67 percent of the vote compared to 31.75 percent for Terrell.

The District 3 race saw incumbent Harry Mullins squaring off against challenger Jan Horne. Mullins ended the night with 59.59 percent of the vote while Horne took 39.99 percent. Read More»

On 2-0 vote, Colwell gets nod for vacant BoE post

Former interim Superintendent Dan Colwell at interview in April. Photo/Ben Nelms.

With only one item on the agenda, the Fayette County Board of Education Monday afternoon appointed former interim Superintendent Dan Colwell to the Post 2 seat vacated by school board member Mary Kay Bacallao.

The vote on the appointment was 2-0, with board members Marion Key and Bob Todd in favor of the appointment and board member Leonard Presberg abstaining. Board member Barry Marchman was not present at the meeting. Read More»

Colwell appointed to Post 2 school board seat

Dan Colwell, newest member of the Fayette County Board of Education. Photo from December 2013 when Colwell was interim superintendent. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former Fayette County School System interim Superintendent Dan Colwell has been appointed to the District 2 seat by the Fayette County Board of Eduction.

A Monday afternoon meeting saw Colwell appointed on a 2-0 vote. Board members Bob Todd and Marion Key voted in favor of the motion while board member Leonard Presberg abstained.

Board member Barry Marchman was not present at the meeting. Read More»

BoE plans gift to visioning initiative

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is a good idea, one that should be provided with a financial contribution. That was the May 5 opinion of the Fayette County Board of Education.

Comments by the school board in response to an April 30 letter from the Fayette Visioning Initiative asking for a consideration of support had board members favoring such a move.

Board member Leonard Presberg said the school system has a big stake in the activities of the initiative and the county’s future. Read More»

Raises ahead for Fayette teachers

Raises ahead for Fayette teachers

Following years of decline, BoE’s budget expected to go up by $4.2 million

Things are looking up for the Fayette County School System — up as in more money coming in that can be used for pay raises. Read More»

FCBoE District 4 candidates make their electoral cases

FCBoE District 4 candidates make their electoral cases

An audience of 50 people on April 15 heard from the four Republican candidates running for the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education. The candidates fielded questions on problems facing the school system, their position on the Common Core standards, their prior board experience, management style and problem resolution approach and their position on district voting.

Candidates for the Post 4 seat include Jane Owens, John Kimbell, Diane Basham and Mindy Fredrickson. Candidates were provided time for opening remarks. Read More»

BoE eyes $3.5 million bus barn, sale of 2 empty schools

Let’s sell the abandoned Brooks and Tyrone elementary school properties and build a $3.5 million bus barn next to Whitewater High School.

That’s part of the recommendation presented to the Fayette County Board of Education on April 14. Board members heard recommendations for various school system facilities for the 2014-2015 school year and will vote on the recommendations at a later meeting. Read More»

BoE goes for ‘more aggressive’ appeal of district voting edict

BoE Chair Marion Key

The Fayette County Board of Education has opted to use a “more aggressive” Atlanta civil rights attorney for its appeal of the ongoing federal district voting lawsuit. Read More»

NAACP threatens bigger legal bills if county, BoE pursue district voting appeal

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National NAACP will turn out to be a costly one for local taxpayers, and it’s not over yet, as appeals are being filed seeking to overturn the ruling.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeking nearly $850,000 in attorneys fees and costs for its share of the litigation, according to a court filing late last week. The funds would come from the two co-defendants in the case: the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

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