Board of Education

BoE Chairman Presberg in Silly String showdown with parent

Leonard Presberg, chairman of the Fayette County Board of EDucation. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Presberg angered at treatment of Obama marchers July 4th Read More»

BoE candidates quizzed on closings, 3-2 votes

Fayette Board of Education candidates for Post 1 (L-R) Scott Hollowell and Barry Marchman, and for Post 2 (center to R)  Mary Kay Bacallao and Gary Griffin. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Supt. Bearden’s role questioned, criticized; Tyrone closing iffy

Harvest Christian Community Center in Fayetteville was the setting for a forum for candidates running in two contested races on the Fayette County Board of Education. The forum covered a wealth of topics such as Fayette County School System finances, split votes by the school board, potential school closures and at-large voting. Read More»

Coweta BoE adopts $169 million budget

The Coweta County Board of Education has adopted a $168.5 million General Fund budget for the 2012-2013 school year that begins July 1. The budget includes no reduction in school days or salary reductions.

Recession or not, the budget comes with no reductions in K-12 academic offerings, no reduction in the 180-day school year, no additional cuts in educational programs or services, no salary reductions for employees working 180 days or less other than state-budgeted Pre-K reductions. Read More»

NAACP appeals ruling against Fayette district voting map

A federal court judge’s denial of a new district voting map for the Fayette County Board of Education is being appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read More»

Fayette BoE extends Supt. Bearden’s contract

Leonard Presberg, chairman of the Fayette County Board of Education. Photo/Ben Nelms.

‘Vision’ touted as board votes 5-0 for added 18 months to 2015

There was virtually no discussion to a motion made Monday night at the Fayette County Board of Education to extend Superintendent Jeff Bearden’s contract by 18 months. The contract was set to expire in January 2014. The board voted 5-0 on the measure. Read More»

Fayette County: ‘We’re not interfering with school board’

Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett last week responded to criticism from Fayette County School Board Chairman Leonard Presberg that the county’s challenge to the district voting lawsuit filed was causing school system resources to be wasted on legal fees. Read More»

Judge rebuffs NAACP on Fayette district vote lawsuit

Last week a federal judge denied a proposed lawsuit settlement that would have drastically changed how members are elected to the Fayette County Board of Education.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. upheld the recent qualifying process for the three school board seats, which means this year’s election will continue to be held at-large and which allows voters to have a say in the outcome of all five seats on each board. Read More»

NEWS ANALYSIS — What’s behind BoE budget dispute?

The Fayette County Board of Education Monday night split 3-to-2 on the all-important preliminary vote of approving the coming year’s school system budget. Chairman Leonard Presberg and members Terri Smith and Janet Smola lined up on the prevailing side, which will drain the system’s checkbook; members Bob Todd and Marion Key took the opposing stance.

Here’s an analysis of the budget debate. Read More»

Fayette BoE splits 3-2 on budget

Presberg, Smith, Smola vote to use reserves to balance budget

The Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night gave preliminary approval to the 2012-2013 budget that totals $177.34 million by using the entire $15 million fund balance from the current year that ends June 30. Read More»

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