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Happy New Year: 1% pay raise for school employees

Fayette Board of Education members hear a presentation at a recent meeting. From left, Barry Marchman, Dan Colwell, Superintendent Joseph Barrow, Chairman Marion Key, Bob Todd and Leonard Presberg. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 15 gave unanimous approval to a 1 percent pay raise Read More»

Will judge hear voting lawsuit?

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Appeals court judges question whether district voting should be decided by a judge at a bench trial

Federal appeals court judges last week questioned whether the whole district voting lawsuit filed by the NAACP against Fayette County ought to be heard by a judge at a bench trial.

The appeal of a federal court decision mandating district voting in Fayette County was heard Dec. 10 at the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. There is no established time frame for a decision on the appeal to be rendered. Read More»

BoE’s Todd says so long

CUTLINE The Fayette County School System on Dec. 8 held a drop-in event for outgoing school board member Bob Todd at the Lafayette Education Center. Todd decided not to run for reelection after serving a total of 12 years. Todd also served in various capacities with the school system beginning in 1980. Among those who attended the event were, from left, school board members Dan Colwell, Leonard Presberg and Todd. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Staff with the Fayette County School System said goodbye to Bob Todd at an informal event held Dec. 8 at the Lafayette Education Center. Todd at the end of December will conclude nearly three decades of service in various capacities with the school system and Board of Education.

Todd served on the school board from 1996-1999 and again for another two terms beginning in 2007.

Prior to serving in an elected capacity, Todd served as the Fayette school system’s Director of Secondary Education from 1980-1994. Read More»

Judges to hear district voting appeal Wednesday

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Fayette County Board of Education (BOE) on Dec. 10 will square-off against the Georgia Conference of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) at the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Read More»

Fayette falls short in some career studies

The Fayette County Board of Education in recent months has discussed aspects of enhancing the school system’s offerings in the state-mandated Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) initiative. Though no action was taken, the school board on Dec. 1 received a CTAE update presented by school system CTAE Coordinator Lisa Collins.

Collins offered an overview of the state laws mandating CTAE participation and gave examples of what the school system might do to provide additional courses and training for Fayette students to meet their academic and career interests. Read More»

BoE OKs bid on Starr’s Mill new cart path connection

The Fayette County Board of Education votes on accepting the low bid for cart path construction. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 1 unanimously approved an $81,000 bid to install cart paths and parking spaces to accommodate golf carts at the Starr’s Mill school complex.

Though the project cost was initially estimated at up to $125,000, Facilities Director Mike Satterfield said the low bid from Southside Striping LLC was $81,400. The high bid for the project was $196,000. Read More»

Fayette BoE to visit local schools’ career programs

Sign in front of the Fayette County School System's central office. File photo.

It was billed as an update of a potential partnership between the Fayette County School System and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC). Read More»

Fayette BoE sets policy for using its reserves of 10%

Superintendent Joseph Barrow. File photo.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 17 adopted a policy that will require an annual reserve fund up of to 10 percent of general operating fund revenues. Expenditures from the reserve fund must be approved by the school board.

The school system for the past two years has kept a 10 percent reserve in the budget, though it came with no policy to regulate how the funds could be spent. Read More»

Fayette BoE hosts local legislators

Fayette BoE hosts local legislators

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 14 hosted the annual legislative luncheon. Among those attending the event were, from left, board member Leonard Presberg, Rep. Matt Ramsey, board Chair Marion Key, board members Dan Colwell and Barry Marchman, board member-elect Diane Basham, Rep. John Yates and Superintendent Jody Barrow. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tech college to BoE: Let’s improve our relationship

Fayette County Board of Education member Barry Marchman. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The technical college headquartered in nearby Griffin wants a closer working relationship with the Fayette County School System, but local school board members want more information. Read More»

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