Board of Education

BoE ponders eliminating 309 jobs

Proposal to balance 2013-2014 system budget would cut 12% of workforce for a savings of $15.5 million

How do you reduce school system costs by $15.5 million to produce a balanced budget? Read More»

BoE declares Rivers Elem. ‘surplus,’ paves way for sale

File photo from 2011 of Rivers Elementary School.

It has been six months since the announcement that an undisclosed party was interested in buying the Rivers Elementary School property on Sandy Creek Road north of Fayetteville.

Some indication of the potential sale was given Monday when the Fayette County Board of Education voted to surplus the property. Declaring the property as surplus legally paves the way for an eventual sale.

The unanimous vote came after board members returned from executive session. There was no comment from the board as to who the interested party might be. Read More»

BoE approves massive redistricting for school attendance

Becky Talley addresses the school board Monday night. Photo/John Munford.

4-to-1 final vote mirrors vote earlier this month that closed 4 schools

The vote to redistrict Fayette County public schools came March 18 on a 4-1 vote by the Fayette County Board of Education.

The redistricting followed what had been a long-fought battle by some parents to keep Brooks Elementary School and Tyrone Elementary School open. Fewer in number in recent months were the advocates for keeping Fayetteville Intermediate School and Fayette Middle School open. The vote to close all four schools came on March 4.
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Fayette School Board to vote on new attendance lines March 18

New Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao votes against closing Tyrone Elementary School earlier this month. From left are Barry Marchman, Bob Todd, Bacallao, Leonard Presberg and Chair Marion Key. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Parents, prepare your students for some changes, including the schools they attend.

The Fayette County Board of Education at its March 18 meeting is expected to vote on the redistricting lines that will follow the closures in June of three elementary schools and one middle school.

The redrawn lines will affect thousands of students across the county. Read More»

Fayette BoE to close Brooks, Tyrone, 2 other schools

Fayette County Board of Education member Leonard Presberg (center) reacts to Chair Marion Key’s call for a vote to close one of four schools. Board member Mary Kay Bacallao (L), who voted against all closures, looks on. Photo/Maggie Zerkus.

Still to come: Personnel cuts of more than 200 people — including 100 parapros — to close $15 million budget gap Read More»

Fayette Boe closes 4 schools on split votes

After two recent public hearings, numerous discussions and a wealth of public comments spanning the better part of two years, the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night on split votes committed to close three elementary schools and one middle school at the end of the school year. Read More»

Future of 4 Fayette schools now depends on BoE vote

Most elected bodies would consider 225 people showing up for a meeting to be a large crowd.

That many citizens showed up Feb. 25 for a public hearing conducted by the Fayette County Board of Education on potential school closures, and the meeting venue — the 900-seat Sams Auditorium — seemed nearly empty. Read More»

One hearing to go before BoE votes on closing 4 schools

Fayette County Board of Education members listen to comments at the public hearing. From left, Barry Marchman, Bob Todd, Leonard Presberg, Mary Kay Bacallao, Marion Key and interim Superintendent Dan Colwell. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is coming down to the wire. More than 200 Fayette County residents on Feb. 14 attended the first of two public hearings on the possible closure of up to four Fayette County public schools.

With one more public hearing remaining on Feb. 25, the Fayette County Board of Education is expected to take a vote in March on which schools will be shut down. Read More»

Fayette school finances brighten, but $15 million gap remains

The projected June 30 fund balance for the Fayette County School System is growing due to a number of vacated positions not being filled, but the savings now amounting to several million dollars by the end of June will be far from enough to forestall historic cuts in personnel and the possible closure Read More»

Search still on for replacement for Fayette schools superintendent

With all the financial issues going on with the Fayette County School System it might be easy to forget that a search for a permanent superintendent is underway. But the process for selecting a new superintendent is continuing and is on track to find a replacement for former Superintendent Jeff Bearden by July.

Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell Monday said 30 applicants applied and their information is currently being reviewed by the Ga. School Boards Association (GSBA). Read More»