Board of Education

Fayette BoE braces for declining budget

Fewer students mean fewer teachers, classrooms needed; school consolidations on the horizon?

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 17 will begin a discussion that will lead to the adoption of the 2011-2012 budget by the end of June. The board in that discussion and those that will likely follow will have to grapple with rising expenses and decreasing revenues that, by 2012-2013 or sooner, could have significant consequences. Read More»

Home and private schools not cause of Fayette schools’ enrollment drop

Student enrollment in Fayette County public schools has been falling for several years. And though there are likely a number of reasons for the decrease, the flight to private schools or home schooling is not among them.

The Fayette County School System during the past six years has seen a relatively consistent average of 1,287 students per year attending private schools and another 809 being home-schooled. These figures come from the school system itself. Read More»

East Coweta’s Levi Young named Coweta Teacher of Year

East Coweta High School AP European History teacher Levi Young was named as Coweta County Schools’ 2011 Teacher of the Year April 26. Young (L) is presented with a silver tray from the Newnan Pilot Club by Coweta County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Winston Dowdell during the annual Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Centre for performing and Visual Arts. Photo/Dean Jackson for the Coweta School System.

East Coweta High School history teacher Levi Young was named Coweta County’s 2011 Teacher of the Year at an April 26 ceremony at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Young was one of three finalists for the honor along with Poplar Road Elementary’s Karen Daniel and Central Educational Center’s Amanda Sexton. Read More»

Despite pleas from parents, high school students, traditional math stays out

Despite pleas from parents, high school students, traditional math stays out

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 19 took up the issue of continuing with the school system’s high school integrated math curriculum endorsed by the state or returning to the traditional math curriculum. The board after the discussion voted 3-2 to keep the integrated curriculum. Students needing assistance can receive that help during the instructional focus period, officials said. Read More»

Fayette schools face perfect storm

Costs are increasing, while student enrollment, local tax collections and state funding are declining

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 19 voted to restore $4 million in past employee pay cuts effective May 1. But that restoration is small potatoes compared to Read More»

Fayette BoE restores school system pay cut

It was only a matter of time. The remaining 3 percent of the larger 4.5 percent pay cut to Fayette County School System employees two years ago will be restored effective May 1. Read More»

Pay restoration, other issues at Fayette BoE meeting April 19

The potential for restoring a 3 percent pay cut to school system employees, an update on upcoming budget considerations and other issues will be taken up on April 19 by the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

On restoring teachers’ pay cuts, Fayette BoE is sympathetic but wary

The topic was whether to restore the remaining 3 percent pay cut to Fayette County School System employees instituted two years ago. Read More»

Superintendent recommends Fayette go along with reduced Pre-K schedule of 160 days

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden

Georgia public schools next school year will see the number of days that Pre-K students will be in the classroom decrease from 180 to 160. The Fayette County Board of Education at the April 11 work session heard a recommendation that the school system provide the 160-day schedule rather than using additional funds to bring the schedule back up to 180 days. Read More»

Fayette BoE to discuss salary restoration April 11

The Fayette County Board of Education will meet in a work session April 11 to discuss the possible restoration of the remainder of school system employees’ salaries that were reduced two years ago. The board will also discuss upcoming Pre-K staffing and the use of the company that assists the school system in filling hard-to-find teaching positions. Read More»