Board of Education

2 incoming BoE members pray for Newtown victims

New Fayette County Board of Education members Mary Kay Bacallao and Barry Marchman were joined by nearly a dozen elected officials, community members and Fellowship of Christian Athletes representatives Dec. 21 for a prayer service outside the school system’s central office building. The prayer service was held to remember the victims in the Connecticut shooting and for the local school system and school board. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Cold winds Friday afternoon did not stop two new members of the Fayette County Board and Education and nearly a dozen community members from conducting a prayer service in the parking lot of the school system’s central office building in downtown Fayetteville.

The group formed a prayer circle as they prayed for the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and for the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Forecast for Fayette schools: $15 million more in cuts

One of the dozens of schoolbuses operated by the Fayette County School System. Photo/Maggie Zerkus.

The Fayette County School System has been saving money by not filling some vacated positions and watching expenses since the school year began in August. But, as expected, the final report from the cost-cutting committee at the Monday night meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education showed the need in the coming months to plan for approximately $15 million in cuts so the school board in June can adopt a balanced budget for the 2013-2014 school year. Read More»

Proposed school cuts to be aired Dec. 17

A Dec. 17 presentation before the Fayette County Board of Education on the findings of the school system’s cost-cutting committee is likely to contain unsettling news for many system employees and parents.

Cuts faced by the school board in coming months represent what are arguably the largest single-year cuts in the history of the school system. Read More»

Fayette BoE picks interim superintendent

New interim Fayette County School Superintendent Dan Colwell. Photo/Special.

Longtime Fayette County resident and former Clayton County School Superintendent Dan Colwell was appointed Monday night as interim superintendent with the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Bearden gets top job with Rome City Schools

The second time around for Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden was a charm. Bearden has been hired to be the new superintendent at Rome City Schools in Floyd County.

The Rome City Schools Board of Education on Wednesday named Bearden to the school system’s top job, according to the Rome News-Tribune. The school board vote was unanimous. Read More»

Schools apply for $4.25 million in fix-ups

The Fayette County School System is submitting an application to request state funds that will help with a number of capital projects next year that will bring roofing or heating-air conditioning work to four schools. The state funds requested total $4.25 million.

State funding through the FY 2014 Capital Outlay Program is being requested for projects at McIntosh High School, North Fayette Elementary School, Flat Rock Middle School and Burch Elementary School.

The school system also has funds being collected through the current E-SPLOST that are designated for facilities improvements. Read More»

Top level changes ahead for school system’s central office

There are several organizational and administrative changes coming to the Fayette County School System. Approved by the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night and topping the list is the appointment of assistant superintendent Sam Sweat as the new deputy superintendent, former audits supervisor Tom Gray to assistant superintendent of business and personnel management and education director Tracie Fleming as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Read More»

BoE puts out-of-county students idea on hold

Qualified out-of-county students paying tuition to attend Fayette County schools? That policy was put on hold by a unanimous vote of the Fayette County Board of Education at the Nov. 12 meeting.

The idea of accepting out-of-county students in Fayette County schools as a way of increasing needed revenues, Read More»

$16 million in likely Fayette school system cuts still to be addressed

The bottom line for the Fayette County Board of EDucation that the 2013-2014 budget is still slated to contain cuts in multiple areas and the applicants looking to be hired for the school system’s top job will have until Jan. 31 to submit their applications. Read More»

Tea Party forum hears ideas for helping schools weather financial storm

Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party representative Bob Ross complies a list of suggestions made by residents Oct. 30 on possible approaches to address the Fayette county School System’s financial issues that will require up to $20 million in cuts for the school year that begins in July. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a chance for Fayette County residents to offer suggestions on ways the Fayette County Board of Education might address the financial dilemma that will require up to $20 million in expense cuts or new revenues to balance the budget for the new school year that begins in July. Read More»

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