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BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

BoE moves toward cart paths at Starr’s Mill HS

A golf cart traverses a street crossing in Peachtree City. File photo.

School officials unveiled three possibilities for golf cart parking at the Starr’s Mill school complex during a meeting Monday where they also stressed a need to get the word out to parents that a proposal to allow students to use golf carts on nearby Peachtree City cart paths is moving forward.

“We want the public to know we are continuing to work on this,” School Superintendent Joseph Barrow told Fayette County Board of Education members Monday during a work session where they were also presented with several other projects to think about before making decisions. Read More»

Teacher pay raises likely as Fayette BoE finds extra money

After several lean years of cutting expenses, the Fayette County Board of Education is discussing mid-year teacher pay raises and the possibility of adding more items to a budget that is already the first one to see an increase in five years. Read More»

Interns to make case for cart path to Starr’s Mill complex

Golf cart in a Peachtree City subdivision in June of this year. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Fayette County high school interns working with the Fayette County government presented their findings and options for a golf cart path and crossing for the Starr’s Mill school complex on Redwine Road to the Fayette County Commission on Aug. 14.

Though the cost of the project is currently being evaluated, the interns will present their findings to the Fayette County Board of Education on Sept. 8.
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Split vote OKs 100 housing starts on MacDuff

The Peachtree City Council on a 3-2 vote agreed to up to 100 certificates of occupancy prior to the completion of MacDuff Parkway. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Peachtree City Council on Sept. 4 agreed by a 3-2 vote to allow Kolter Homes no more than 100 certificates of occupancy Read More»

School millage not expected to change, but Nov. tax bills will see a slight increase

The millage rate to be set by the Fayette County Board of Education later this month will remain the same this year, but property owners will still see a tax increase going to the school system.

An Aug. 4 public hearing on the 2014 millage rate had the school board proposing to keep the 2014 maintenance and operation tax rate at 20 mills, the maximum rate allowed by state law. Read More»

Coweta school board to keep same tax rate

The Coweta County Board of Education again this year will keep the millage rate at 18.59 mills. An increase in property values, thus an increase in revenues, requires the school board to hold public hearings on the millage rate.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the school board on July 27 announced the intention to keep the maintenance and operation millage rate at 18.59 mills. The rate has remained unchanged since 2004, Jackson added. Read More»

Wife of sup’t. gets $75K job via BoE

With the hiring of new Superintendent Joseph Barrow this year, the Fayette County School System also created a new high level position for his wife.

Dr. Susan Barrow was hired July 21 by the Board of Education to fill a newly created position: Read More»

Fayette BoE says ‘No’ to charter school

The meeting room at the Fayette County Board of Education was full Monday night with supporters of the Liberty Tech Charter School. The request to have the school be part of the Fayette public school system failed on a 4-1 vote. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Barry Marchman casts lone vote favoring approval; would provide ‘motivation’ for other system schools Read More»

Basham takes GOP nomination for BoE Post 4

Diane Basham in an April photo.

In Fayette County’s first county-level runoff under the newly mandated district voting, Republican Diane Basham ran away from her opponent Jane Owens Tuesday, winning the Post 4 Board of Education nomination by 20 points.

Basham locked in her victory from the first batch of ballots.

With all 12 of the 12 precincts in the Post 4 voting district counted, Basham had 1,419 votes (60%), while Owens wound up with 938 (40%).

Basham, 65, is a 30-year resident of Fayette County who recently retired after 27 years teaching in the Fayette County School System. Read More»

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