Board of Education

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»

Lawsuit threatened, BoE discards opening prayer

Those attending the January meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education might have noticed a change in the proceeding at the beginning of the meeting. The usual invocation presented by a local minister was replaced with a “moment of silence.”

That change will continue due to threatened litigation by a Washington, D.C. organization after a complaint over prayer at school board meetings was filed last year. Read More»

Postponed: BoE plan for College & Career Academy

The Fayette College and Career Academy movement will be postponed for a year at the request of the Fayette County Board of Education as the board handles the massive effort of Read More»

Fayette BoE schedules 2 public hearings on school closures

Fayette County's interim school superintendent, Dan Colwell. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The potential closing of up to four Fayette County public schools and the need to get input from parents will be the topic of two public hearings scheduled during February.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 28 agreed to hold the public hearings on Feb. 14 and Feb. 25. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the 900-seat Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. Read More»

School Board updates system’s layoff policy

In anticipation of using it, the Fayette County Board of Education this week revised its layoff policy.

The board adopted a revised Reduction in Force (RIF) policy at the Jan. 28 meeting.

Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell prior to the discussion on the policy said the policy was revised to bring it in line with state law.

The school board is currently considering the potential for eliminating more than 220 jobs for the 2013-2014 school year in order to adopt a balanced budget in June. All totaled, those cuts will require that approximately $15 million be trimmed from the budget. Read More»

Fayette BoE moves Jan. 28 meeting to Sams Auditorium

The Fayette County Board of Education in anticipation of larger attendance will hold the Jan. 28 meeting at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. Aside from its regular agenda, the school board will hear a report from the redistricting committee responsible for submitting a plan to close up to four Fayette County public schools. Read More»

Next up: Redraw Fayette schools’ attendance boundaries

The work of the Fayette County School System’s redistricting committee is about to get underway again. The committee will meet Jan. 24 and will present a redistricting plan for the potential closure of four schools to the Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 28. A final decision on the closure of three elementary schools and one middle school will likely not be made until March. Read More»

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