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Fayette BoE ends deficit spending with new budget

Fayette BoE ends deficit spending with new budget

It has been years since the Fayette County Board of Education has lived within its means. But that changed Monday night when the board on a 4-1 vote adopted a budget with $162 million in revenues and $162 million in expenditures.

In terms of revenue, the budget anticipates receiving $83.75 million from state sources and $75.75 million from local ad valorem taxes. Fayette County is projected to lose approximately 1 percent of its total value on the 2013 tax digest. While significant, a single percentage point is far from the 12.39 percent Fayette lost on the digest a year ago. Read More»

Common Core gets a public hearing

The panel at the June 10 Common Core Community Forum held at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville included (L-R) Ga. School Board Association representative Angela Palm, Kedron Elementary School Principal Julie Turner, Fayetteville Elementary School Principal Kim Herron, Georgia School Superintendent John Barge, Concerned Women of America state director Tanya Ditty, American Principles Project Senior Fellow Jane Robbins and Cobb County Board of Education member Kathleen Angelucci. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A panel of local and statewide educators presented their viewpoints about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at a June 10 community forum held at the Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. As for the educational standards in place in state schools, there are teachers and parents advocating for the measures on both sides of the issue. Panelists during the meeting also responded to audience questions. Read More»

Cuts remain, but attrition saves some Fayette teachers’ jobs

Despite large cuts in the number of teachers’ positions in the Fayette County School System for the coming school year, attrition has become the friend of those remaining.

A lot of people either decided not to seek another year of employment with the local schools or chose retirement. That means fewer remaining teachers face getting handed pink slips.

What began as the elimination of 144 job positions of certified staff such as teachers and counselors has been reduced to a total of 18 current certified staff without positions for next year. Read More»

Fayette BoE for 1st time in years to limit spending to income

After a painful readjustment to five years of falling revenues, the Fayette County School System will plan to spend next school year only as much as it actually takes in.

The adoption of the Fayette County School System’s FY 2014 budget is about a month away, and a look at the tentative budget shows a slight drop in revenues beginning in July.

But the difference in this year and last is that the school system with a proposed $162 million budget would have an $11.5 million fund balance built in to begin establishing a goal of retaining up to 10 percent of its budget in reserve. Read More»

Federal judge orders district voting in Fayette

Fayette County is about to get district voting for all five seats on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, while expressing his astonishment that the federal judge brushed past a significant legal hurdle to find for the plaintiffs, said Tuesday afternoon that an appeal is not certain. Read More»

Fayette BoE to outsource schools’ janitorial services

The Fayette County Board of Education next week is expected to hire GCA Services Group to outsource the school system’s custodial services as one of the cost-cutting measures designed to help balance the 2013-2014 budget. The move will come with initial savings of $300,000 while providing staff transitioning to GCA the means to maintain their current rate of pay.

GCA provides janitorial and custodial services in a variety of industries and is currently serving school systems in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. Read More»

Bus driving champs crowned

 Duane Lawson, Michael Dixon and Sherry Harris. Photo/Special.

Drivers Michael Dixon and Sherry Harris maneuvered their school buses with precise precision through 12 challenging obstacle courses to take top honors in the 2013 Fayette County School Bus Road-E-O.

Dixon and Harris, who finished first and second, respectively, will represent Fayette in the Georgia State School Bus Road-E-O June 5-6 in Warner Robins. Dixon is an experienced state competitor having placed in the top 10 in 2009. This will be Harris’ first state competition. Read More»

Fayette schools nearing job cuts target

Through attrition and resignations, the Fayette County School System has already trimmed 284 jobs from its target of 309 positions to be cut.

The Board of Education recently agreed with the recommendation of interim Superintendent Dan Colwell that 309 positions be eliminated as part of a $15 million budget cut needed to balance the 2013-2014 budget that begins in July.

Though the numbers are still changing, school system administrators Friday said positions for a number of the 309 employees have been found due to the resignation or retirement of 284 employees since August. Read More»

New sup’t. to survey public opinion

Fayette Superintendent Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Incoming Fayette County Superintendent Jody Barrow will not be on the job until July 1 but he is already wanting to hear from residents on a stakeholder input survey available on the school system’s website.

“I subscribe to the idea of seeking first to understand, then to be understood. I’ve used this (survey) approach before. So I wanted to reach out to the stakeholders,” Barrow said Monday. “I’ve researched the school system from the outside, now I want to research it from the inside out to get a better picture.” Read More»

Barrow hired to be Fayette’s new school superintendent

New Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph “Jody” C. Barrow, Jr. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Ware County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph “Jody” C. Barrow, Jr. received unanimous approval by the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night to serve as superintendent of Fayette County schools beginning July 1.

Barrow thus will take over the actual day-to-day operation of the county’s largest government, its largest expender of tax dollars and its largest employer.

Prior to the vote, board member Leonard Presberg said he was excited about Barrow’s hire, with board member Barry Marchman adding that Barrow is “the right man at the right time.” Read More»