Board of Education

Superintendent Bearden: Wait a couple of years to decide on closing schools

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden wants to wait more than a year before even talking about closing any schools because of falling student numbers.

Bearden at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education reiterated his call Read More»

Coweta BoE approves reapportionment map

Coweta County’s significant population growth over the past decade and the results of the 2010 Census led to the need to re-draw the population boundaries of the five Coweta County Board of Education electoral districts. The proposed map was approved by the school board on Oct. 11 and will be forwarded to the U.S. Dept. of Justice for approval.

Five of the seven Coweta County Board of Education seats are determined by voters in those respective districts while the remaining two seats are elected at-large. Read More»

Fayette school board to appoint volunteer to fill Post 5

Want to serve on the Fayette County Board of Education for the next three years?

Drop off a résumé by Halloween. One catch: You have to live in the Post 5 geographic area.

The need to fill the seat of Fayette County Board of Education Post 5 member Sam Tolbert — who passed away in September — will be accomplished in the coming days by soliciting information from interested citizens who live in the Post 5 area. The new board member will be appointed by a majority vote of the four remaining board members and will serve through the full unexpired term that extends through the end of 2014. Read More»

Questions arise about costs of schoolbuses in a shrinking Fayette budget

With deep budget cuts facing the Fayette County School System, the numbers and costs associated with the familiar yellow schoolbus have come up.

The issue came up in the public comments portion of a recent meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education about the number of monitors on special education buses. Read More»

Fayette BoE to decide Oct. 3 on Tolbert replacement process

Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert passed away in the afternoon hours of Sept. 22. The first-term Post 5 board member and educator had struggled with esophageal cancer.

Tolbert, 64, was elected to the Board of Education in November 2010 and took office in January. He was a semi-retired senior manager who had served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Gordon College in Barnesville.

The long-time Fayette County resident loved education and spent a lot of his life teaching, said wife Lynn Tolbert. Read More»

Fayette BoE member Sam Tolbert succumbs to cancer

Sam Tolbert

Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert passed away in the afternoon hours of Sept. 22. The first-term Post 5 board member had struggled recently with esophageal cancer. Read More»

Coweta BoE unveils proposed reapportionment map

It is no mystery that Coweta County has experienced significant population growth during the past decade. That growth, documented by the 2010 Census, results in the need to re-draw the population boundaries of the five electoral districts pertaining to the Coweta County Board of Education. The proposed map is now available at the school system’s website and is expected to be up for a vote by the school board on Oct. 11. Read More»

Budget survey says cut Fayette’s school year to save money

Close 2 schools, use new Rivers Elem., plurality says in BoE’s online survey

Don’t bring in tuition-paying out-of-county students to Fayette County schools, a plurality of survey takers told the Board of Education. Read More»

Fayette high schools poll on 3 schedule options

The Fayette County School System on its website is currently conducting a survey to gain input on the idea of changing the school day for high school students. The change would provide students with the ability to earn additional credits beyond the currently 24-credit structure.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said high school students, their parents, teaching and administrative staff and the community at large are being asked to give their input on options for altering the high school day. Read More»

Survey says ... Fayette BoE $10 million short

Public has 2 weeks to vote in school system’s online survey: Bring in tuition-paid out-of-county students is one option

It is a matter of not having enough funds beginning July 1, 2012 to operate the Fayette Read More»