Board of Education

Fayette schools’ budget committee: No ‘sacred cows’

An in-depth look at cost-saving measures for the Fiscal Year 2014 Fayette County School System budget is underway.

Assistant Superintendent and budget committee chair Sam Sweat at the Sept. 17 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education reviewed the group’s mission to recommend a variety of cuts that will reduce next year’s operating budget by up to $20 million. Read More»

Robertson named to vacant Coweta BoE post

Robertson named to vacant Coweta BoE post

The search to fill the unexpired term of Coweta County Board of Education at-large member April Parker has come to an end. East Coweta resident and community volunteer Larry Robertson was appointed on Aug. 21 to serve on the school board through December 2014.

Robertson earlier this week was appointed by the school board to fill the unexpired term of at-large board member April Parker, who resigned earlier this summer, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. The school board took the action after reviewing a number of applicants for the open position, Jackson added. Read More»

Fayette BoE agrees to 2 options for closing schools

Option-cutting topped the agenda Monday night for the Fayette County Board of Education.

At Superintendent Jeff Bearden’s urging, the board without a vote agreed to cut the school closing options from five to two — Bearden’s original proposal plus one more.

The second option puts the elementary schools in Tyrone and Brooks on the chopping block. Read More»

1st hearing is set for altering school lines

Anyone keeping up with the Fayette County School System knows that one of the cost-saving measures up for consideration later this year involves the possible closure of one or more elementary schools and one middle school. The school system in order to get input from parents will be holding its first public hearing on Aug. 30 at Fayette County High School.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said the first public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fayette County High School cafeteria on Aug. 30. Read More»

Parents grill BoE’s Todd on closing Inman Elementary School

Fayette County Board of Education member Bob Todd (center, standing) took the microphone in an Aug. 14 meeting at Inman Elementary School where he and board member Marion Key (seated, background right) heard from a cafeteria full of parents. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education members Bob Todd and Marion Key took plenty of heat from parents at Inman Elementary School at an Aug. 14 town hall meeting.

The gathering came after the school board recently agreed to have Inman included on the list of potential school closures beginning next year.

Though both school board members gave opening statements, it was Todd that responded to all the questions posed by a room full of parents who said they objected to their school being considered for closure. Read More»

PAGE rep: ‘Where are teachers, staff on cost-cutting committee?’

Fayette PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) President and McIntosh High School teacher Joseph Jarrell after Monday's Board of Education meeting expressed concerns about the make-up of the budget committee charged with coming up with cost-cutting measures. Read More»

No increase to taxpayers with Coweta school budget

Coweta County taxpayers will not have to shell out more money this year for the maintenance and operations of the county’s schools. The Coweta County Board of Education on Tuesday voted to hold the millage rate steady at 18.59 mills again this year.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson after the meeting said the rate set at 18.59 mills for the 2012-2013 school year reflects the same rate seen since 2004. As is customary, the combination of local property taxes and state dollars will be used to fund the school system’s $168.5 million budget adopted in June. Read More»

Sup’t. Bearden sticks with closing 3 F’ville schools, rejects reasoning of 2 BoE members

Fayette County School System Superintendent Jeff Bearden has a dispute with two of his five bosses on the Board of Education about how to cut costs and which schools should be closed, and he has gone public with that dispute.

In a letter to the editor in the Aug. 15 edition, Bearden held firm to his belief that Read More»

Fayette BoE OKs initial study funds for new vocational classes

The Fayette County Board of Education on a 3-2 vote Monday approved approximately $41,000 for a needs assessment and consultant with the aim of expanding the school system’s career tech program.

The idea first surfaced in July by way of Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard. As is sometimes the case, the topic of discussion came with no quick resolution. Read More»

Add Inman to school cut list

Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola (L) and Bob Todd. File photo.

Fayette BoE sets up criteria for group to redraw districts

There will be a community redistricting committee to address the potential closure of several Fayette County schools beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

But the consensus at the Monday meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education that led to the particulars of the redistricting committee’s assignment saw the addition of one more option, a lengthy back-and-forth discussion and accusations by Chairman Leonard Presberg that “some on the board” were trying to undermine the redistricting efforts. Read More»

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