Board of Education

Bearden’s job seeking raises questions

It has been established that Fayette County School System Superintendent Jeff Bearden is one of two finalists for the superintendent’s job with the Floyd County School System.

But when it came to the Sept. 19 executive session meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education that resulted in the board’s mutual termination agreement with Bearden, were all the board members aware Read More»

Tea Party concerned about Fayette school system

Meeting Tues. will examine finances, seek solutions

With school closings and near-certain personnel cuts facing the Fayette County School System next year due to a steep decline in local and state revenue, the Fayette County Issues Tea Party will examine potential financial solutions at a meeting Tuesday night at the amenities center in the Whitewater Creek subdivision. Read More»

Coweta BoE delays new middle school construction

The economic timing was just not right. The Coweta County Board of Education has decided to delay the construction on the county’s seventh middle to be located on Corinth Road. State and local financial uncertainties due to the long-running recession were among the primary reasons for holding off on the project. Read More»

Bearden a finalist for Floyd County schools

Superintendent Jeff Bearden in a 2012 file photo.

Completed Floyd application two weeks before his mutual termination agreement in Fayette

It was on Sept. 19 that the Fayette County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Bearden entered into a mutual termination agreement that cited Dec. 31 as his last day of employment. But according to documents on the Floyd County School System website, Bearden completed an application and resume for superintendent’s job on Sept. 4, a full two weeks before he and the Fayette school board agreed to the mutual termination. Bearden is listed as one of two finalists in the search to fill the superintendent’s position in Rome. Read More»

Smith, Bacallao answer questions at C of C-sponsored forum

(L) Terri Smith, incumbent but running for the first time as a Democrat after switching parties this year, and (R) Mary Kay Bacallao, the Republican candidate in her second race against Smith. Photos/Special.

More than 100 voters last week got to hear it “straight from the horses’ mouths” at a candidate question and answer session hosted by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at Peachtree City United Methodist Church.

On the political hot seats for the Post 2 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education were incumbent homemaker and newly-proclaimed Democrat Terri Smith and her challenger, college professor and Republican Mary Kay Bacallao.

Both received questions prepared by university leaders on behalf of the chamber and also direct questions asked by audience members. Read More»

1 attends but doesn’t pay, other pays but doesn’t attend

Two groups of kids, two very different property tax implications.

Group A kids — more than 300 of them — attend Fayette County public schools, but their parents pay no property taxes in Fayette County to support the Fayette system. Read More»

Petition seeks recall of BoE member Bob Todd

The last time a recall effort was initiated in Fayette County it was County Commissioner Robert Horgan in the crosshairs. This month, another such effort has begun to recall Fayette County Board of Education member Bob Todd. Read More»

BoE talks about policies for tuition-paying out-of-county students

Tuition-paying out-of-county students in Fayette County school classrooms has moved from a theoretical concept to the draft policy stage.

The idea of accepting out-of-county students in Fayette County schools as a way of increasing much needed revenues first surfaced last year Read More»

Fayette, we have a list

School system details how it will spend $95 million if E-SPLOST passes

Three weeks ahead of the E-SPLOST referendum, the Fayette County School System has unveiled a spending list of how between $95 million and $107 million in sales tax collections will be allocated beginning in 2014. Read More»

BoE candidates to answer questions at forum Tuesday

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum Tuesday so voters can learn more about the two people running for the Post 2 seat on the Fayette school board, the only contested race for the Board of Education remaining to be decided. Read More»