Schools

School millage remains at max level

It is not an increase in the millage rate but it is an increase in property taxes.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted Aug. 18 to maintain the state maximum of 20 mills, which amounts a 2.24-percent tax increase due to an increase in property values. Keeping the rate at 20 mills means that taxpayers will see an additional .438-mill on their property tax bills that reflects the increase in the fair market value assessment for 2014. Read More»

Rhonda Smits is named state Nurse of the Year

East Coweta Middle School nurse Rhonda Smits has been named Georgia’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year. Photo/Special.

East Coweta Middle School nurse Rhonda Smits has been named Georgia’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year.

Smits received the honor at the July 16 meeting of the Georgia Association of School Nurses in Athens. Smits has been a registered nurse for 33 years and has served as school nurse at ECMS for 11 years.

“This is the first time the Georgia Association’s Nurse of the Year recognition has been bestowed on a Coweta County school nurse,” said Coweta school system spokesman Dean Jackson.
Smits began the school year on Aug. 5, during East Coweta’s pre-school orientation. Read More»

Teacher of the Year is presented with ring

From left, Dr. Darrell Evans (principal), Dr. Joseph Barrow (superintendent), Alexandra Vlachakis , Robert Smith (Balfour representative), Richard Smith (assistant principal), Kathy Smith (assistant principal), and Dr. Margo Wimbish (assistant principal). Photo/Submitted.

The first day of school year 2014 will be one Fayette County’s current teacher of the year will never forget. That’s because she has a piece of hardware on her right hand to remind her.

Alexandra Vlachakis, Fayette County Teacher of the Year for 2014, was presented with her official teacher of the year ring before the start of school at Sandy Creek High on August 7. She teaches web design, animation and computer science. Read More»

School board looking at Brooks as charter location

The former Brooks Elementary School campus. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

One week after turning down an application that would have Liberty Tech Charter School become a part of the county school system, the Fayette County Board of Education voted Aug. 4 to potentially lease the vacant Brooks Elementary School to Liberty Tech if the school is approved by the Ga. Charter Schools Commission. Read More»

It's that time of year

It's that time of year

The Starr's Mill band participated in the annual summer ritual of band practice, and is gearing up for the upcoming season. The band should be in excellent tune by the time the first football game kicks off against Whitewater High School on Aug. 29. Photo/ Bonnie Hester.

Back to class in Fayette

It’s that time again.

Fayette County’s public schools will open their doors Aug. 7 for the 2014-2015 school year, which will see changes in the school day for middle and high schools.

The school year will include a new fall break and a two-day winter break.

Elementary schools will begin the day at 7:40 a.m. and will run until 2:25 p.m. Read More»

Clayton State program welcomes indie filmmakers

Clayton State University continues to ramp up its presence in the movie and television industry. The university’s Digital Film Tech program is seeking Atlanta-area independent filmmakers (indies) to partner with its course offerings.

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Getting ready for school

Getting ready for school

Nearly two dozen school, education, social service and community organizations held Fayette County’s first “Back to School Expo” Aug. 2 at the county government complex in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Gearing up for the season

Gearing up for the season

On the march

With the start of the school year as well as football season, marching bands at various local high schools are in full swing, practicing on fields and in parking lots to get ready for Friday night lights. Pictured is a recent practice session of the Wildcat Marching Band from Whitewater High School, whose varsity football season opens Aug. 29 at Starr’s Mill. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Top cadets

Top cadets

The Sandy Creek High School AFJROTC Cadets excelled at Converse College’s Leadership Lab Activity in June.In a highly stressful and competitive environment 18 cadets from Sandy Creek stood tall taking top honors. We had four Honor Graduates, two Outstanding Flight Cadres and one who won the Iron Woman competition. Left to right top row: Gio Alfaro, Branden Spindler, Bradley Gibson, and Austin Culpepper. Front row: Kris Arellano, Evan Tapp and Briana Willis Photo/Submitted.

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