Board of Education

Judge reverses himself: District voting not a done deal after all

Judge rescinds NAACP/Fayette BoE consent decree, orders new hearing for May 3

In an unusual case of high level legal backpedaling that throws at least four Fayette County Board of Education elections into disarray, a federal district judge last week in effect said, “Oops, let’s have a do-over.”

Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., in the April 18 order vacated his own ruling from February that effectively ended at-large voting for school board posts in Fayette County and set a new hearing for May 3. Read More»

Stadium turf loses out in tax talk for Nov. vote

If there is to be another sales tax vote for education this fall, conspicuously missing will be any mention of synthetic turf for the five high school stadiums. The turf idea is dead on arrival.

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 16 heard the initial presentation for a continuation of the tax that could be put before voters this coming November. Read More»

Fayette BoE wants facts, figures before discussing school closures

Key: School Board is ‘lacking any factual evidence’ for closing 3 F’ville schools

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 16 said in effect: Slow down and let’s examine the numbers before we talk about closing three Fayetteville schools.

Board member Marion Key suggested the school closing talk was premature, particularly since the board had not even started budget hearings. Key said the proper order was to figure out the budget numbers, then to talk about which schools need to be closed, if any.

Board member Bob Todd said the rural Inman elementary school should be considered for closing if any are to be shuttered. Read More»

Sup’t.: Close Hood Ave. Primary, F’ville Intermed., Fayette Middle, 3 of county's 4 oldest schools

Superintendent Jeff Bearden makes a point at the April 9 meeting. Photo/Jon Munford.

UPDATED for print (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) — Fayetteville would lose two elementary schools and a middle school if the Fayette County Board of Education accepts Superintendent Jeff Bearden’s recommendation for cost savings of $1.6 million.

That recommendation came at the April 9 school board meeting, and it included utilizing new and nearly empty Rivers Elementary School northwest of the city in unincorporated Fayette County.
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Bad news for Fayette taxers: Digest devalued 10%

The news could hardly be worse for the tax levying entities in Fayette County. Figures from the Fayette County Tax Assessor’s Office show a 10.39 percent decrease in the value of real property for the 2012 tax digest. That translates into a drop of nearly $500 million in property value — mostly the same property but worth a lot less.

That means fewer tax dollars can be collected at current tax rates. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education to give more time for public comments

The Fayette County Board of Education at its annual retreat March 23 agreed to increase the amount of time the public gets to have its say during regular board meetings.

Instead of two minutes each, now citizens addressing the board may take up to five minutes to make their point. Read More»

School closings on BoE menu

Unspecified number of schools may be on the block in report due April 7

The Fayette County Board of Education gave Superintendent Jeff Bearden the go-ahead Monday night to produce a report that could lead to the closure of an as yet undetermined number of schools beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

Bearden will present the report at a called meeting of the school board on April 7. Read More»

Sup’t.: Cut positions by attrition, shift health costs to employees

Time is drawing near for the Fayette County Board of Education to begin making decisions about the 2012-2013 budget that begins July 1. In that regard Superintendent Jeff Bearden in a report at the school board meeting Monday night presented a number of proposals aimed at reducing expenditures next year. Read More»

Coweta taking Pre-K applications March 12-23

There is a limited window of opportunity for those parents wanting to have their children attend Pre-K classes next year. Applications for the Pre-K lottery are being accepted March 12-23.

Coweta County School System spokesman Dean Jackson said parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in the 2012-13 Coweta County School System Pre-Kindergarten classes can do so at their child’s district school through noon on Friday, March 23. Read More»

Fayette BoE asks artificial turf question in online survey

A request by parents at last week’s meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education to consider having synthetic turf included on a potential upcoming education sales tax (E-SPLOST) extension and installed on the fields at the county’s five high schools has led to a survey on the proposal. The survey will be available on the school system’s website through March 23. Read More»