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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.

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$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»

BoE recognizes Fayette’s Counselors of the Year

BoE recognizes Fayette’s Counselors of the Year

The Fayette County School System “Counselors of the Year” were recognized Monday by the Fayette County Board of Education. Pictured, from left, are High School Coach of the Year Lakisha Bonner, Fayette County School System Pupil Personnel Services Director Barbara Serapion, Elementary School Counselor of the Year Leslie Fear, Middle School counselor of the Year Kristin Cristelli and Advocate of the Year Mike Conway, pastor of Heritage Christian Church. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette schools closing even earlier

With snow and ice piling up and cars sliding off roads, the Fayette County School System is releasing its high school drivers today at 1:30 p.m. ... and all other schools will release earlier as well. Read More»

Court proposes new map for district voting

Commission to meet tomorrow and discuss response to map; court hearing set Feb. 18

A new district map to implement Fayette County’s new district voting format has been proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten.

A special called meeting of the Fayette County Commission slated for today at 4 p.m. to discuss the map in executive session has been POSTPONED due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. Read More»

Coweta school board gets 'quality' designation

The Coweta County Board of Education has received a “Quality Board” designation by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA).  Coweta school board members include (L-R front row) Chairman Winston Dowdell, Vice-Chairman Harry Mullins, Sue Brown and Frank Farmer; and (back row) Larry Robertson, Amy Dees, Graylin Ward, Superintendent Steve Barker and Assistant Superintendent Marc Guy. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education has received a “Quality Board” designation by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). The announcement of the designation was made recently by Superintendent Steve Barker.

“This is the highest ranking available for boards of education this year,” Barker told board members. “It means you hold to best practices and strive for improvement in an efficient, ethical cooperative manner.” Read More»

Fayette’s district voting lawyer fees rise to $283K

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People continues to be a costly one for Fayette County government.

So far, the county commission has paid $283,522 to the Atlanta law firm which is representing it in the case. That cost does not include additional hourly charges caused by action of the county’s own attorney nor does it include the attorney’s fees paid by the Fayette County Board of Education, which was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Read More»

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