Board of Education

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»

E-SPLOST blanks: 61% of funds for proposed school tax projects still not specified

After adopting a resolution in May calling for a Nov. 6 vote to continue the 1-cent E-SPLOST sales tax, the Fayette County Board of Education is waiting until Read More»

NAACP map splits 11 of 36 Fayette voting precincts

Fayette Co. asks court to rule against ‘racial gerrymandering’

In the legal battle over how citizens are elected to Fayette County’s board of education and county commission, both sides are now sparring over the map proposed by the plaintiffs including the Fayette County and national branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Read More»

FCBoE wants online survey input on superintendent search

The Fayette County Board of Education is asking citizens for their input in the search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Jeff Bearden. A recent mutual termination agreement between Bearden and the school board will result in Bearden serving through December. Read More»

Several high-ranking Fayette educators are retiring

The Oct. 1 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education came with the announcement of the retirements of Safety, Discipline and Athletics Director C.W. Campbell, Transportation Department head Michael Jennings and After-school Program Director Juli Simpson.

Superintendent Jeff Bearden at the meeting said Campbell has 30 years in education, including 10 of those years with the Fayette school system.

“He has done a tremendous job,” Bearden said. Read More»

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