Board of Education

Fayette School Board appointee Presberg to focus ‘on issues and kids’

Leonard Presberg, appointed in November to fill out the remaining three years of an unexpired term.

Look beyond the test scores to measure how good our school system is, says newly appointed Fayette County Board of Education member Leonard Presberg.

The newest board member also said he has no affiliation with the current board members, will not serve as the third vote on any voting bloc and intends to focus “on the issues and the kids.”

Presberg emphasized that test scores are important but they are not the only measure. Read More»

Fayette BoE appoints Presberg to Post 5 seat

Fayette BoE appoints Presberg to Post 5 seat

The Fayette County Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting voted unanimously to appoint north Fayette resident Leonard Presberg to fill the Post 5 Board of Education seat that became vacant with the recent passing of board member Sam Tolbert. Presberg was one of seven candidates vying for the seat.

The motion to nominate Presberg was made by board member Janet Smola with board member Marion Key making the second. There was no discussion on the nomination and Presberg immediately received a unanimous vote from the four board members. Read More»

Which one will the BoE choose?

Fayetteville attorney Emory Wilkerson at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Photo/John Munford.

7 hopefuls seek appointment to Post 5 seat on Board of Education, including 1 who is suing the board

Seven private citizens auditioned Monday night for a spot on the Fayette County Board of Education.

The four judges — the remaining elected members of the school board — could make their choice as early as the Nov. 14 meeting.

One unusual element: One of the aspiring volunteers — Emory Wilkerson, a seeker of local elective offices several times in the past decade — is suing the same board in federal court. Read More»

BoE candidate Wilkerson has tried for elective office in both political parties

Attorney Emory Wilkerson of Fayetteville — who is seeking appointment to the open Post 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education — is a familiar name on both Republican and Democrat election ballots for the past decade.

Wilkerson has run three times as a Republican and most recently as a Democrat — and he lost all four times.

In 2002, Wilkerson ran as a Republican for the 34th district seat in the Georgia Senate, but he lost to challenger Valencia Seay by more than 6,351 votes. Read More»

BoE candidate puts board on spot with question about lawsuit

he Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education was a time for the board to hear from the seven candidates vying for the appointment to fill the vacant Post 5 seat. But perhaps as interesting as the presentations from the applicants was a question by one about the board’s opinion on the possible end of countywide voting for the school board. Read More»

School Board decision on changes in high school day on hold

The Fayette County School System and members of the Board of Education have been considering the idea of changing the high school day using one of three possible models that would give students the ability to earn more graduation credits. That consideration may come in November after additional input from the community and school system staff can be further reviewed. Read More»

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»