Board of Education

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»

District voting maps now due

The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday invalidating a portion of the Voting Rights Act will have no effect on the recent district voting decision involving Fayette County, according to County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

“I have received a couple of calls already about whether the Section 5 ruling affects our appeal on a Section 2 lawsuit,” Brown said in an email. “It is my understanding that the ruling has no relevance on our case.” Read More»

Fayette BoE ends deficit spending with new budget

Fayette BoE ends deficit spending with new budget

It has been years since the Fayette County Board of Education has lived within its means. But that changed Monday night when the board on a 4-1 vote adopted a budget with $162 million in revenues and $162 million in expenditures.

In terms of revenue, the budget anticipates receiving $83.75 million from state sources and $75.75 million from local ad valorem taxes. Fayette County is projected to lose approximately 1 percent of its total value on the 2013 tax digest. While significant, a single percentage point is far from the 12.39 percent Fayette lost on the digest a year ago. Read More»

Common Core gets a public hearing

The panel at the June 10 Common Core Community Forum held at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville included (L-R) Ga. School Board Association representative Angela Palm, Kedron Elementary School Principal Julie Turner, Fayetteville Elementary School Principal Kim Herron, Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, Concerned Women of America state director Tanya Ditty, American Principles Project Senior Fellow Jane Robbins and Cobb County Board of Education member Kathleen Angelucci. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A panel of local and statewide educators presented their viewpoints about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at a June 10 community forum held at the Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. As for the educational standards in place in state schools, there are teachers and parents advocating for the measures on both sides of the issue. Panelists during the meeting also responded to audience questions. Read More»

Cuts remain, but attrition saves some Fayette teachers’ jobs

Despite large cuts in the number of teachers’ positions in the Fayette County School System for the coming school year, attrition has become the friend of those remaining.

A lot of people either decided not to seek another year of employment with the local schools or chose retirement. That means fewer remaining teachers face getting handed pink slips.

What began as the elimination of 144 job positions of certified staff such as teachers and counselors has been reduced to a total of 18 current certified staff without positions for next year. Read More»

Fayette BoE for 1st time in years to limit spending to income

After a painful readjustment to five years of falling revenues, the Fayette County School System will plan to spend next school year only as much as it actually takes in.

The adoption of the Fayette County School System’s FY 2014 budget is about a month away, and a look at the tentative budget shows a slight drop in revenues beginning in July.

But the difference in this year and last is that the school system with a proposed $162 million budget would have an $11.5 million fund balance built in to begin establishing a goal of retaining up to 10 percent of its budget in reserve. Read More»