Board of Education

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»

Judge: At-large voting still good for July 31 primary

Voting rights lawsuit will proceed, but federal judge says NAACP-BoE settlement in favor of district voting has no support in case law

A federal judge has rebuffed a legal maneuver that would have led to district voting for the upcoming Fayette County Board of Education elections. He also said that the NAACP’s settlement with the school board has no foundation in case law. Read More»

Babb qualifies to run against Sheriff Hannah, other contested races

Smola won't run in BoE race, Wingo gets competition for tax commissioner Read More»

Parker resigns Coweta school board post

Coweta County Board of Education At-large member April Parker resigned her post on the school board earlier this week. Parker cited personal and family reasons as the motivation for her resignation.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson on Wednesday said the school system received the resignation letter on May 13.

“I am writing to let you know that I have made a decision to resign from the Coweta County Board of Education due to personal and family reasons. Thank you for the opportunity to serve along side you the last year and a half,” the letter said. Read More»

Proposed BoE budget: Goodbye to 82 Fayette teacher, custodian positions

Slots to be eliminated: 63 teachers, 18 custodians, one secretary; adding 1 parapro Read More»

Bacallao announces for Fayette BoE Post 2

She has made it known in various public venues in the past few months, but south Fayette County resident Dr. Mary Kay Bacallao made it official on May 14: she will be running against incumbent Terri Smith for the Post 2 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Up to 5 Fayette schools may be candidates for closure, BoE says

he Fayette County Board of Education late this summer will consider closing up to four elementary schools and a middle school to help offset falling tax revenues.

The school board at the conclusion of the May 2 workshop left Superintendent Jeff Bearden with instructions to provide information on the potential closure of Fayette Middle School, Fayetteville Intermediate School, Hood Avenue Primary School, Tyrone Elementary and Brooks Elementary schools. The closure options will also include opening Rivers Elementary School. Read More»

Fayette BoE asked to deplete budget reserves

‘It looks like we’ll use up all the fund balance’ — Comptroller Laura Brock

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 7 got a look at the school system’s proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year. With expected revenues of $163 million and expenditures of $178 million, the board again this year is being asked to make up the difference using the school system’s fund balance that is expected to total $15 million on June 30. Read More»

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