Board of Education

Fayette BoE OKs millage rate, but warned revenues are iffy

After being warned of a potential shortfall in local tax revenue, the Fayette County Board of Education on Aug. 15 adopted the 2011 property tax millage rate, set again this year at the maximum rate of 20 mills. You’ll get the bill this fall. Read More»

School closings on the table for Fayette School Board

From left, Fayette County Board of Education member Janet Smola and Chairman Bob Todd. Photos/Ben Nelms.

Revenues falling, expenses rising, BoE begins next year’s budget talks now; how about a 4-day school week?

Money is tight, and school enrollment is stagnant or falling. So the Fayette County Board of Education met Aug. 1 to talk about what to do about a shortfall of $9-10 million at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year next July.

Among the ideas to increase revenues: Let out-of-county students pay tuition to attend Fayette schools, plus aggressively rent out school facilities after-hours to churches, civic and other groups. Read More»

School system employees: notify system when charged with crime

If you are a Fayette County school teacher and you get busted by the cops for anything above a traffic ticket, you have to report yourself to the principal.

That’s the gist of a new Fayette County School System policy under consideration by the Board of Education.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis in commenting on the policy noted that much of what is contained in it is already found other policies and is covered in the ethics training given to school system employees. Read More»

Fayette E-SPLOST revenues may drop 20%

It was no surprise to hear Fayette County School System Comptroller Laura Brock tell the Fayette County Board of Education July 19 that 1-cent education sales tax (ESPLOST) revenues being collected could fall short of the $115 million collection ceiling by the end of the collection period. Read More»

Fayette BoE begins in the hole for next budget

Students are still savoring the last days of summer vacation, but the Fayette County Board of Education is already hitting the books for the following year — the financial books.

At the Aug. 1 work session, board members will begin grappling with expected tight revenues and deciding what cuts have to be made to balance the budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Read More»

Kids, bring your iPads to class?!? Plus, maybe more electives for Fayette high schools

The Fayette County Board of Education heard a proposal July 19 that would alter the six-period daily schedule at the county’s five high schools and another that would allow students to use their personal electronic devices in the classroom to “enhance educational opportunities.” Both proposals will be discussed further at upcoming board meetings. Read More»

Fayette schools schedule orientation sessions for new students and parents

It’s just about that time again. The Fayette County School System has announced the orientation schedule for the school year that begins Aug. 8.
In order to help students and parents entering the school system for the first time become familiar with their new schools, orientations will be held prior to the start of the academic year that begins Aug. 8, said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Coweta Charter Academy: state says ‘yes,’ Coweta says ‘no’

Members of the Coweta County Board of Education vote down the charter school request. Photo/Special.

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia was one of nine charter schools approved June 28 for State-Charter Special School status by the State Board of Education. That vote came four days after the Coweta County Board of Education voted 6-1 to deny the application, and hence the local tax dollars, that would have allowed the school to continue its operation and to expand in August. Read More»

Fayette students again in top percentiles of state testing

Fayette County third, fifth and eighth students maintained their statewide academic standing during the 2010-2011 school year by scoring high on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Only a small number of school systems tallied higher scores.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said Fayette’s scores showed improvement this year and were among the best in the state. Read More»

Coweta BoE denies Senoia charter school application

The Coweta County Board of Education in a June 24 called meeting voted 6-1 to deny the application by the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia that would have allowed the K-3 school to continue to operate and to expand through the seventh grade in August. Read More»

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