Board of Education

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»

Results of July 22 runoff election

FINAL UPDATE 9:22 p.m. — Marty Harbin will be the next state senator for the 16th District

With all four counties reporting final counts in the Georgia Senate District 16 Republican runoff, Tyrone resident and Fayetteville insurance broker Marty Harbin has convincingly beaten Fayetteville attorney David Studdard.

Harbin beat Studdard in Fayette, Spalding, Lamar and Pike counties 8,957 (59.6%) to 6,063 (40.3%).
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Fayette Board of Education Republican runoff Post 4 candidate Diane Basham responds to questions from The Citizen

Fayette Board of Education Post 4 Republican runoff candidate Diane Basham. File photo.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Jane Owens and Diane Basham to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Diane Basham.
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Fayette Board of Education Republican Post 4 candidate Jane Owens responds to questions from The Citizen

BoE Post 4 Republican runoff candidate Jane Owens. File photo.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Jane Owens and Diane Basham to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Jane Owens.
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Coweta BoE adopts $173M budget

The Coweta County Board of Education on June 25 adopted a $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget includes the restoration of a full work-year calendar for all employees and employee step increases.

The FY 2015 budget represents a $5 million increase over last year’s budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

Coweta BoE examines budget with no millage increase

The Coweta County Board of Education voted to tentatively approve a FY 2015 operational budget of at the June 11 meeting. The budget maintains the school system’s 180-day school year, eliminates the three-day reduction in work calendar for school employees and provides step raises for employees. Pictured are Superintendent Steve Barker (L) and Board Chairman Winston Dowdell. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education is expected to adopt the $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year at the June 24 meeting. Included in the budget are the restoration of a full work-year calendar for all employees and employee step increases.

The FY 2015 budget represents a $5 million increase over the current budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

Accrediting group hits past Fayette BoE’s ‘factions’

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow ay an early June 2014 board meeting. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Lately, however, ‘board members appeared to be moving in a positive direction’

The Fayette County School System has received another five-year accreditation by AdvancED whose accrediting body includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI).

The school system’s score from the accreditation review which covered the past five years was an overall 2.57 out of a possible 4. Asked about the score, Superintendent Jody Barrow it is a reflection of the five-year period. Read More»

Restore 7th-grade sports?

he June 16 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education included an item that addressed the potential for restoring seventh-grade athletics that were removed from the budget last year.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said he had received a number of emails on the issue.

“I don’t think anyone is against it. We do have to be fiscally conservative and I think we can make it happen in the future,” said Barrow.

As important as having the available funds, Barrow said issues such as scheduling, planning and securing coaching are also of prime importance. Read More»

Fayette schools get A+ for financial reporting

Fayette schools get A+ for financial reporting

Fayette County School System Coordinator of Audits and Purchasing Laura Brock (L) and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Personnel Management Tom Gray were joined by Chairman Marion Key on June 16 as they received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Gray said the award that notes the demonstration of a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” would not have been possible without Brock’s work. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta schools pick 'charter' plan

School systems across Georgia are faced with a decision about how they will conduct business in the future. And like most others to date, the Coweta County Board of Education has opted to transition to a charter system. Read More»

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