Board of Education

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»

Fayette schools facing big changes, big choices

School survey: Will you support closing 1 middle, 2 elem. schools; 4-day school week; out-of-county students?

Fayette County School System officials soon will be surveying parents to see how many will support required cost-cutting through a fundamental re-ordering of how public school is conducted: Read More»

Fayette BoE OKs millage rate, but warned revenues are iffy

After being warned of a potential shortfall in local tax revenue, the Fayette County Board of Education on Aug. 15 adopted the 2011 property tax millage rate, set again this year at the maximum rate of 20 mills. You’ll get the bill this fall. Read More»

School closings on the table for Fayette School Board

From left, Fayette County Board of Education member Janet Smola and Chairman Bob Todd. Photos/Ben Nelms.

Revenues falling, expenses rising, BoE begins next year’s budget talks now; how about a 4-day school week?

Money is tight, and school enrollment is stagnant or falling. So the Fayette County Board of Education met Aug. 1 to talk about what to do about a shortfall of $9-10 million at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year next July.

Among the ideas to increase revenues: Let out-of-county students pay tuition to attend Fayette schools, plus aggressively rent out school facilities after-hours to churches, civic and other groups. Read More»

School system employees: notify system when charged with crime

If you are a Fayette County school teacher and you get busted by the cops for anything above a traffic ticket, you have to report yourself to the principal.

That’s the gist of a new Fayette County School System policy under consideration by the Board of Education.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis in commenting on the policy noted that much of what is contained in it is already found other policies and is covered in the ethics training given to school system employees. Read More»