Board of Education

District voting for Fayette BoE is a done deal: judge approves settlement

It’s official: A federal judge’s signature Friday has made district voting for all posts on the Fayette County Board of Education the law of the land.

The consent decree proposal to settle the 2011 federal lawsuit filed by the Fayette County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People against the Fayette County Board of Education to institute district voting has been signed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr.

The judge’s Feb. 24 order followed a 3-2 vote by the school board on Jan. 9 to settle the suit and agree to district voting, which will replace at-large voting for all posts. Read More»

House easily passes charter school measure

It was going to take a two-thirds super majority of the Georgia House of Representatives to approve a resolution to let voters decide on a constitutional amendment restoring the state’s ability to approve charter schools.

But the 123-48 vote on Wednesday surpassed the requirement and resulted in a vote that had 72 percent of representatives in favor of the resolution. The Senate will soon take up its own version of the proposal. Read More»

Fayette BoE eyes replacement for old ‘summer school’

It is a reality that not every student passes every academic course. A proposal put before the Fayette County Board of Education Feb. 13 would modify the method by which students recover credits during the summer months.

The credit recovery model would meet increasing requirements while providing a cost-saving benefit to parents and the school system, proponents contend. Read More»

Coweta schools in sound financial shape

When it comes to an economy that is still stalled the Coweta County School System is holding its own. A financial report at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education showed the school system’s General Fund budget with a projected fund balance of nearly $26 million when the school year ends June 30.

The school board on June 14 adopted a $165.5 million General Fund budget for the FY 2011-2012 school year that began July 1. The report for January showed 58.33 percent of the year completed and 57.25 percent of the budget expended. Read More»

Fayette BoE told system is running ahead of budget

The Fayette County Board of Education at its Feb. 13 meeting heard a report on the current budget outlook presented by Comptroller Laura Brock. The January financial report showed that the school system is projecting a June 30 general fund balance of $13.856 million.

Brock said the school system is currently $4.27 million under budget with seven of the 12 months having been completed. Of that amount, $2.27 million comes from savings in salaries while $1.99 million represents savings in benefits. Read More»

Fayette school budget examination may include look at schoolbus drivers

Fayette County schoolbuses parked behind the central office in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Questions have arisen about the salaries and benefits received by bus drivers working in the Fayette County School System. Bus drivers are among the lowest paid of the more than 3,000 school system employees, but the benefits they receive — most of which are paid by their employer — may make the part-time job one that is desirable for many. Read More»

Fayette tax digest drops 8%

Decline in value of property translates into lower income for local governments

The tax digest numbers are in and they forecast more belt-tightening for all Fayette County governments in 2012. Read More»

Fayette school system eyes cutting 72 school employees

Superintendent Jeff Bearden. File photo.

With income dropping, numbers of students declining, budget deadlines approaching, and the easy expense cuts already made, the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night heard the first, but likely not the last, proposal intended to trim sufficient funds from the people side of the budget for next year. Read More»

Fayette Commission signals no lawsuit settlement

It is almost a certainty that the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County NAACP will be duking it out in federal court.

The commission announced last week that it intends to keep the at-large voting method for all five county commission seats. That is the exact opposite of the remedy sought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a lawsuit filed in August against the county commission and also the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Turf wars ahead?

A petition showing support for installing artificial turf fields at all five high schools in Fayette County was in the lobby of McIntosh’s gym last Friday night during the McIntosh-Starr’s Mill basketball games. Photo/Michael Boylan.

High school sports supporters seek $3.2 million from School Board for synthetic turf at all 5 stadiums

A petition drive is underway to gauge community interest for installing synthetic turf at the large athletic fields at all five Fayette high schools.

Supporters are hoping to collect 5,000 signatures in a bid to have the estimated $3.2 million cost added to the next education sales tax program proposed by the school board, said organizer Sally Herman, a parent of two lacrosse players at McIntosh High. Read More»

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