Board of Education

BoE to survey parents, students on career academy

Parents and students, what do you think about adding a college and career academy linked to the Fayette County School System?

That’s what the Board of Education wants to know, and it has commissioned a survey to find out. The survey will be headed to the county’s public schools in the coming weeks.

The idea for a survey of parents and students came about in concert with one taken by area businesses on behalf of the Fayette County College and Career Academy organization, which is asking the school system to join the effort in establishing such an academy. Read More»

Fayette school enrollment numbers rebound slightly

Some things are looking up — like school enrollment numbers.

It could be the beginning of the reversal of a trend that has plagued the Fayette County schools for the past six years. Enrollment figures for the first week of school showed the school system with 20,041 students, an increase of 53 students over the opening week of school last year. It was in the 2006-2007 school year that Fayette had 22,367 students enrolled. Read More»

Head injury policy gets consideration at Fayette BoE

The Fayette County Board of Education is considering a policy to address the issue of concussions and head injury that can result from extracurricular athletic activities.

The draft policy presented Monday night at the school board meeting noted that parents or legal guardians at the beginning of each season of any extracurricular athletic activity will be given an information sheet informing them of the nature and risk of head injury and concussion. Read More»

Judge to seek legislators’ redistricting experts for map

NAACP President suggests county ‘conspiracy’ to discriminate against black residents by ignoring pleas for district voting Read More»

Sup’t. Barrow sees in Fayette an ‘opportunity to innovate’

Fayette School Superintendent Joseph Barrow in his office. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Hold on to the good, but be prepared to make some changes, says Fayette County School Superintendent Jody Barrow, six weeks into his tenure as Fayette County’s newest school superintendent.

In an interview with The Citizen, Barrow laid out his vision for “an already good system.”

“I think we need to sustain the really good things that are going on, and there are other things we need to re-align and make some subtle changes in order to improve our practice,” Barrow said. Read More»

NAACP: ‘Keep incumbents out of our voting district’

Group makes case for special election this November 2013

Attorneys representing the Fayette County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People contend there is plenty of time for county elections officials to prepare Read More»

Fayette BoE discovers ‘closing’ doesn’t really mean ‘closed’

Sign at Fayette Middle School in Fayetteville before it was closed at the end of May this year. Photo/Maggie Zerkus.

Recently vacated Fayette Middle becomes new home to existing education programs

What began at last week’s meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education as a report on existing facilities quickly became a discussion about the next uses for the recently closed Fayette Middle School (FMS) for which several on the school board said they had no knowledge.

A previous administrative decision to relocate three school system programs to the now-closed school took some of the board by surprise and and left them wondering how and when the decision was made. Read More»

Low survey response, but CCA advocates press ahead

FCCA’s Russ Moore. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fewer than one in 10 Fayette businesses responded to a survey conducted to assess future employment needs and how a proposed Fayette College and Career Academy might help train a workforce to fill those coming employment needs, the Fayette County Board of Education was told Monday night.

A variety of job types were identified in the survey even though less than 10 percent of the targeted companies responded to the voluntary survey. Read More»

Coweta OK's school funds for 2013-2014

The Coweta County Board of Education last week signed off on the general fund budget for the 2013-2014 school year that totaled $168 million. The new budget shaved $500,000 off operational expenses from the school year that ended June 30.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the $168,026,000 budget represents a reduction from the $168.5 million budget last year. Read More»

Fayette School System’s bond rating: Not too bad, considering

The Fayette County School System over the past few years has seen its share of financial uncertainties. While the balanced budget adopted earlier this month is one of two pieces of good news for the school system, the other is the AA-minus bond debt rating announced in late June. Read More»