Board of Education

For 2nd time in 3 years, Fayette BoE will appoint new member

For the second time since the fall of 2011, the Fayette County Board of Education has a vacancy that it will fill by appointment.

A four-member board appointed current Post 5 member Leonard Presberg in November 2011 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Sam Tolbert. Democrat Presberg is seeking election this year to the redrawn District 5 post. Read More»

3 Coweta BoE seats to be contested

Qualifying for Coweta County’s May 20 primaries and the Nov. 4 general election ended at noon Friday. The only contested races will be found in three seats on the Coweta County Board of Education, the District 132 seat in the Ga. House and the District 28 seat held by state Sen. Mike Crane.

The Coweta County Board of Education has four seats up for election, with three of those contested.

District 1 school board member Amy Dees will face former educator Monica Terrell.

District 3 school board member Harry Mullins will square off against videographer Jane Horne. Read More»

Fayette BoE: Charter school given until May 1 to make its case

Liberty Tech Charter School representative Christi McCully addressed the Fayette County Board of Education on Feb. 24, making the case for the proposed new charter school to be located in Fayette County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Monday amended its charter school acceptance policy, but exempted a current petitioner from retroactive deadlines. The vote on the amendment was followed Read More»

Fayette bus drivers honored for snowy service

Fayette bus drivers honored for snowy service

A small group representing more than 200 bus drivers was recognized Feb. 24 by Chairman Marion Key and the Fayette County Board of Education for their successful efforts during the recent ice storm. Pictured, from left, are Mark Ballard, Key, Janie Killpatrick, Danette Cocoran, Diane Vaughan and Transportation Director Roxane Owen. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New map means confusion for some candidates, voters

Members and supporters of and attorneys for the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP pose outside the federal courthouse Feb. 18.

NAACP hails judge’s decision as ‘historic win-win’; new map creates district to ensure a minority candidate will be elected in Fayette

The switch to district voting for Fayette County Commission and Board of Education elections will prevent about 60 percent of Fayette voters from casting ballots in four local races during the May primary and the November general election. Read More»

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

New map with majority-minority 5th District will be used for upcoming elections; NAACP calls it "historic win-win" for all citizens

Tuesday afternoon, district voting became the law of the land in Fayette County by decree of a U.S. District Judge, replacing the county’s at-large voting format with a new process that will allow residents to vote for just one of the five members on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Under at-large voting, struck down by the court, Fayette voters had the luxury of casting a ballot for all five members on each governing body. Read More»

Coweta to have limited Pre-K space

These kids are among those who secured a place in the Coweta County School System’s Pre-Kindergarten lottery. The lottery for the 2014-2015 school year runs March 10-21. Photo/Special.

Coweta County parents wanting to secure a spot for their child in Pre-K classes for the 2014-15 school year will be able to do so at their child’s district school between March 10 and March 21.

During that time, parents can apply for a spot in the limited-space Pre-K classes for the upcoming school year. The Pre-K application period ends at noon on Friday, March 21, and drawing for spots will be held at schools at 1 p.m. on March 21. Parents do not have to be present for the drawing in order for students to be selected into the program. Read More»

Sup’t. to make decision on snow days

A decision will be made in the coming weeks by the Fayette County School System to address the school days to be made up as a result of the winter storm that hit during the last week of January.

With several weeks of winter remaining and the potential existing for additional winter storms like the one forecast this week, Superintendent Jody Barrow on Feb. 4 said he would make the decision on make-up days once he has more solid information to act on. Read More»

Fayette BoE sets budget timelines

It may be the dead of winter, but timelines are already in place for the 2014-2015 budget that will be adopted by the Fayette County Board of Education in June.

Assistant Superintendent of Business and Personnel Management Tom Gray at the Jan. 27 school board meeting provided an overview of the significant timelines necessary to have the budget in place and adopted on June 16.

Gray said preliminary revenue estimates began on Feb. 1, with preliminary budget allotments to schools based on projected enrollment. The school board in February will be updated on preliminary revenue estimates. Read More»

Fayette iced in Wed., so schools are closed Wed., Thurs.

Fayette schools closed Wednesday and Thursday, with winter break starting Friday; road pre-treatment problematic

Fayette County School System spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach on Tuesday afternoon said schools will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday and Thursday. All extra-curricular activities for the two-day period have also been cancelled, she said.

Winter break was already scheduled beginning Friday.

The National Weather Service Tuesday morning issued a winter storm warning for north and central Georgia, including the Fayette and Coweta areas. Beginning Tuesday night, the forecast called for a mixture of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. Read More»

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