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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»

Why weren’t Fayette schools closed Tuesday? Sup’t. Barrow: ‘It was my decision’

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, Jr. File photo from mid-2013.

“If we had known things were going to hit as hard and fast, if I had had that crystal ball, I would have obviously made a different decision. Knowing what I knew, based on the information I had, I felt like we were going to be OK.” — Dr. Joseph Barrow
Fayette County school students went to school Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, just like every other school day. After a mid-day snowfall covered roads in icy patches, many of them didn’t make it back home until well after dark. Parents were both anxious and furious.
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McIntosh High’s Brian Messer recognized for national soccer honor

McIntosh High’s Brian Messer recognized for national soccer honor

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 27 recognized McIntosh High School boys soccer coach Brian Messer, recently named the 2013 assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Pictured are Messer (L) and school board Chairman Marion Key. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New Fayette district voting map is proposed

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. The pdf was provided by Fayette County. That pdf — which may be magnified — is attached as a file to this story.

Timing a concern as qualifying starts March 3 for two county commission posts and two school board seats

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education, crucial to enacting district voting here, has been proposed by a U.S. District Judge.

The new map is necessary to comply with the May decision of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten which declared the county’s former at-large voting system violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

[View that pdf by clicking on the "attachment" below.] Read More»

$3.5 million new bus barn idea wheeled out to BoE

Fayette County School System Facilities Director Mike Satterfield in a photo from early 2013 by Ben Nelms.

A proposal made Monday to the Fayette County Board of Education could lead to a new location for the school system’s transportation department and the facility used to store and maintain school buses. The school board voted 4-1 to have the project designed and returned for a possible vote to proceed.

The bus shop, sometimes called the bus barn, and the school system’s transportation department building are located behind the school board headquarters on Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. Read More»

Todd says this is his last year on BoE

In a photo from last year, Bob Todd is shown at near right. Other are, from left, Barry Marchman, Mary Kay Bacallao, Leonard Presberg, Marion Key and Todd. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education member Bob Todd, an educator since 1958 and on the school board for 12 years, is calling it quits after this year.

Todd at the Monday school board meeting announced that he will not qualify for another term for his Post 4 seat.

“Fifty-six years ago I entered Thomson High School as a freshman teacher. My journey in public education has been truly remarkable,” Todd said at the beginning of his brief remarks Monday night. ”My term with public education will end on Dec. 31.” Read More»