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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»

Fayette legislators decry BoE’s district voting change

Representative Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) in a file photo from March 2011.

State Rep. Ramsey: ‘Some fights are worth fighting’

The seismic shift in Fayette County school board politics — enacted last week by the Fayette County Board of Education — can’t be undone by the Georgia legislature, according to Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City.
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Questions remain about new Fayette BoE district voting map

The new voting district map based on the 2010 Census was approved last week by the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Fayette school officials lunch with legislators

Fayette school officials lunch with legislators

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education at a legislative luncheon on Jan. 6 spent time with state lawmakers. Among those joining the school board and central office staff were Rep. Virgil Fludd, Rep. Matt Ramsey, Rep. John Yates and Sen. Valencia Seay. Superintendent Jeff Bearden at the luncheon talked about full funding of the education formula, supporting the vision of public education and the need for local boards to maintain their authority. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Change to district voting may make recall of officials problematic

The switch to district voting by the Fayette County Board of Education will deprive voters of their current ability to participate in the removal of any local elected official from office via a recall procedure.

Under current Georgia law, a registered voter must live in the district for the office in which that official is seated to sign a recall petition.

So under the new district voting scheme, the only way a voter can participate in a recall effort is if he or she lives in the same district as the board member who is the subject of the recall petition. Read More»

Redrawn school board district has minority majority, a first for Fayette

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 9 unanimously approved a new map to be used for the coming school board voting districts, and it shows the county’s first-ever district where minorities outnumber white residents, comprising northern Fayette County and parts of Fayetteville and Tyrone. [Click on the file link beneath this story to see the redrawn map of school board voting districts.] Read More»

Power shift: Smith, Smola vote in new chair, appointee Presberg

Fayette County Board of Education members (L-R) Janet Smola and Terri Smith in file photos from 2011.

Get appointed to your first public office in November and take charge of the school board two months later.

That’s the accelerated career path of Leonard Presberg, newly minted chairman of the Fayette County Board of Education.

The first meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education in 2012 held Jan. 9 included several housekeeping duties that led to a vote for appointee Leonard Presberg to serve as board chairman, Terri Smith as vice-chair and maintained the Monday meeting schedule.
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NAACP wins lawsuit in settlement: BoE goes 3-2 for district voting

The “ayes” have it: Raising their hands in favor of a district voting settlement are Janet Smola (far left), Leonard Presberg (next to Smola), and Terri Smith (on the right). Bob Todd and Marion Key (center, L-R) voted against the district voting settlement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Decision puts 4 posts up for grabs this year, but each will be decided only by voters living within those district boundaries; board to pay NAACP $5,000

A seismic shift in Fayette County Board of Education politics occurred Jan. 9 when the school board voted 3-2 to accept a proposal to move to district voting. Board member Leonard Presberg, appointed just two months ago, provided the swing vote that carried the motion, calling it “the right thing to do.” Read More»

NAACP wins settlement: District voting for education comes to Fayette

Fayette County is about to get district voting after all, at least when it comes to the Fayette County Board of Education.

A resolution to the portion of the redistricting lawsuit filed by the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP that pertains to the Fayette County Board of Education has been settled. The Dec. 15 Consent Decree awaits formal approval from the school board tonight (Jan. 9). Preliminary indications are that the vote may not be unanimous.

Both parties in the case agreed to avoid further litigation and settle out of court. Read More»