Board of Education

BoE eyes $3.5 million bus barn, sale of 2 empty schools

Let’s sell the abandoned Brooks and Tyrone elementary school properties and build a $3.5 million bus barn next to Whitewater High School.

That’s part of the recommendation presented to the Fayette County Board of Education on April 14. Board members heard recommendations for various school system facilities for the 2014-2015 school year and will vote on the recommendations at a later meeting. Read More»

BoE goes for ‘more aggressive’ appeal of district voting edict

BoE Chair Marion Key

The Fayette County Board of Education has opted to use a “more aggressive” Atlanta civil rights attorney for its appeal of the ongoing federal district voting lawsuit. Read More»

NAACP threatens bigger legal bills if county, BoE pursue district voting appeal

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National NAACP will turn out to be a costly one for local taxpayers, and it’s not over yet, as appeals are being filed seeking to overturn the ruling.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeking nearly $850,000 in attorneys fees and costs for its share of the litigation, according to a court filing late last week. The funds would come from the two co-defendants in the case: the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

NAACP issues $850K bill for district voting

NAACP issues $850K bill for district voting

Group seeks legal fees, damages from Fayette County Commission, Board of Education Read More»

Fayette school board extends deadline for vacant post applications

The Fayette County Board of Education has extended the deadline for those wishing nto be considered for the Post 2 seat recently vacated by board member Mary Kay Bacallao.

The former deadline of April 11 had been changed to April 14 at 10 a.m. for applicants to submit their letters of interest and resumes to apply for appointment to the Post 2 vacancy on the Fayette County Board of Education. The individual appointed to Post 2 will fill the remainder of the term left on the seat, which expires December 31, 2016.

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Fayette launches appeal to restore at-large voting

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In a bid to overturn a judge’s decision to replace at-large voting with district voting for future county commission and board of education elections in Fayette County, the County Commission will challenge a number of legal rulings made by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. Read More»

Fayette School System asks, ‘What shall we become?’

To be or not to be was the question before the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night.

The school board in the coming months has to decide which type of state-mandated school system the county will have: an Investing in Education Excellence system, also known as IE2 (IE-squared), a charter system or one that maintains the status quo.

Superintendent Jody Barrow at the Monday school board meeting re-introduced the three options that first surfaced in 2009, saying the school board should decide on a course of action as soon as possible. Read More»

Fayette seen as exception to trend of school staffing hikes

Georgia Public Policy Senior Fellow Benjamin Scafidi in a Feb. 24 commentary on the increases in public school staffing despite the budget cuts coming from the recession does not seem to hold true in Fayette County. Read More»

Fayette BoE eyes 4 fewer teachers, 481 fewer students for next school year

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In the Fayette County School System’s preliminary plans, teacher numbers are going down by four, while student numbers are going down by more than 100 times that: 481.

The Fayette County Board of Education Monday night got a look at the preliminary teacher and staff allotment numbers for the 2014-2015 school year that begins in August. The school system is proposing a net decrease of four teachers. Projections also included the estimated student enrollment decreasing by 481 students next year. Read More»

BoE makes case for district appeal

Fayette County Board of Education members (clockwise from top left) Barry Marchman, Chair Marion Key, Leonard Presberg and Bob Todd. Photo composite/The CItizen.

County Commission poised to join in

One local government has made the decision to appeal the recent district voting decision ordered by a federal court judge, and another is expected to join that attempt.

The Fayette County Board of Education in executive session at a March 14 called meeting voted 3-1 to appeal the mid-February decision by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten that set aside Fayette’s long-standing at-large voting format. Read More»