Board of Education

2014-15 school calendar: Start early, end early

Those with school-age children wanting to get a jump planning vacations for the next two years can forge ahead with those plans. The Fayette County Board of Education last week approved the school calendar for 2014 with school starting Aug. 7, 2014, and ending May 22, 2015.

School system officials had more than 1,000 people respond to the two calendars previously posted on the website. Superintendent Jody Barrow said the best features of both proposed calendars were combined.

Effective for the next two school years, the 180-day calendar has school beginning on Thursday, Aug. 7. Read More»

Another appointed BoE member in Fayette’s future

As of next spring, two of the five members of the Board of Education will never have faced the voters of Fayette County for the posts they hold.

That’s because for the second time in just over two years, the board will have a mid-term vacancy, Read More»

Fayette’s method of assessing students is changing

Fayette’s method of assessing students is changing

The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) as a vehicle for assessing overall student achievement is still new, but a Dec. 16 report to the Fayette County Board of Education showed that the scoring methodology is undergoing a change. Read More»

After holding office for 1 year, Bacallao to run for state school superintendent

Mary Kay Bacallao. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao has announced that she will resign her Post 2 seat in March to run for the soon-to-be open post of Georgia state school superintendent.

Bacallao made the announcement at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Ga. House Republican Caucus. The announcement came as Bacallao was participating on a panel debating the Common Core standards where, as is customary, she opposed the standards. Read More»

Fayette teachers get 2-day pay bump

Fayette County School Superintendent Joseph Barrow. File photo from August 2013.

BoE restores $1.2 million to 2,200 employees; Sup’t. Barrow tells board system is ‘out of the fiscal hole’ Read More»

New school calendar coming in Dec.

The Fayette County school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is still a work in progress. With more than 1,000 suggestions on the two draft calendars, the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night agreed to have school system staff take those suggestions and re-work the calendar.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said the school system had received more than 1,000 responses and suggestions on the two draft calendars. Barrow recommended that staff work on the calendars to combine the best features of both and bring a proposal back to the school board in December. Read More»

Fayette BoE votes 3-to-1 in favor of F’ville’s TAD

The Fayette County Commission last week gave its support to the Fayetteville Tax Allocation District (TAD) redevelopment initiative. The Fayette County Board of Education did the same Monday night on a 3-1 vote.

Board members Barry Marchman, Leonard Presberg and Mary Kay Bacallao voted in favor and board member Bob Todd opposed. Chairman Marion Key was absent.

Todd said supporting the measure would be synonymous with using school system tax revenue for capital improvements of private property. Read More»

You choose: Start school on Aug. 4 or a week later

Do you have a child in one of Fayette County’s public schools? Or are you an employee of the school system? If so, and if you have an opinion on the 2014-2015 school calendar, the Fayette County Board of Education would like to hear your ideas on the two calendars up for consideration.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said key features of the calendars include no furlough days for employees, a fall break in October, end of first semester by the holiday break and school attendance days within the state assessment window. Read More»

The afterlife of a ‘closed’ Fayette Middle School

Fayette Middle School (FMS) was one of four schools closed by the Fayette County Board of Education at the end of June. But the school today is being used for three school system programs and other uses. For the time being, based on information provided by the school system, there does not appear to be any additional expense by having FMS operational. Read More»

$23M expansion at East Coweta includes major renovation work

Construction crews are working non-stop on the large project that will transform East Coweta High School. Scheduled for completion in July 2015, the $23 million project will enable the school to serve 3,400 students. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The $23 million expansion of East Coweta High School got underway during the summer and is expected to be completed in July 2015. Once completed, the project that includes the entire campus will add or renovate nearly 310,000 square feet of space and will accommodate 3,400 students.

It is a renovation, modification and expansion project that involves the entire East Coweta High School campus, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»