Board of Education

Dees and Parker win contests in Coweta BoE races

The local races were few in Coweta County Tuesday night. But in the end the important races for the Coweta County Board of Education seat for District 1 was taken overwhelmingly by Amy Dees and the District 1 At-large seat was won by a slim margin by April Parker.

The school board’s District 1 seat pitted Amy Dees against Andrew Krause and write-in candidate Jimmy Harrison. Dees garnered 70.91 percent of the vote, with Krause taking 26.99 percent and Harrison receiving 2.1 percent. Read More»

Harrison rounds out responses to BoE questions

The Citizen last week published the responses by candidate’s for the District 1 and District 1 At-large seats on the Coweta County Board of Education that will be decided by voters Nov. 2. The responses of Dist. 1 write-in candidate Jimmy Harrison were not included due to a technical issue beyond his control. His response to the same questions are provided below. Read More»

Schools have $18.4 million cushion, but more state cuts ahead

Financial reports from the Fayette County School System show the system currently on track to end the fiscal year on June 30 with an estimated $18.4 million surplus. And as she has done on a number of past occasions, one Fayette school teacher asked that some of the surplus be used to address previous staff pays cuts. Read More»

Coweta BoE candidates have their say

The decision by voters on the winners of two contested seats on the Coweta County Board of Education is less than two weeks away. The Citizen asked the five candidates for those seats to respond to questions that are relevant to public education, both now and for the future. Their responses are provided below.

The candidates for the District 1 seat include Jimmy Harrison, Amy Dees and Andrew Krause. Candidates for the District 1 At-large seat include incumbent Michael Sumner and challenger April Parker. Responses by Harrison are not included because his remarks were not submitted. Read More»

Recycling doubles in PTC

Recycling volume triples after companies required to offer it to all residents

The recently-adopted requirement for all waste haulers in Peachtree City to offer recycling has paid big dividends, according to city statistics.

The city’s recycling rate has doubled from 23 percent to 46 percent. Moreover, the recycling increase has led to an increase in the amount of material diverted from the landfill, with the number jumping from 4 percent before the recycling options were required to 12 percent after.

The city does not mandate that residents recycle, but each waste hauling company operating in the city is required to offer curbside recycling pickup. Read More»

Fayette schools get $4.25M for personnel

Board likely to hang onto “freed up” money to cover pending state cuts, shortfalls

Although Fayette County Schools are expecting more cuts in state funding later this year, they will get a big shot in the arm this month and next Read More»

FCHS to get Army JROTC in 2011-2012

Board skittish to add estimated $125K cost, but vote was unanimous

Fayette County High School is on its way to getting an Army JROTC unit for the 2011-2012 school year.

The projected cost, based on what has been spent on the Air Force JROTC program at Sandy Creek High School, is about $121,000 for salary contributions and an unknown amount for renovations at the school if they are deemed necessary.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously last night for the system to start the paperwork process, knowing that the funds would be programmed into the budget for next school year. Read More»

BoE refunds part of employees’ pay cuts, lowers debt millage

It was payback time for teachers last week as the Fayette County Board of Education found a way to give back part of the 4.5 percent pay cut imposed on school system staff last year.

The board voted to “refund” approximately one-third of the cut in a one-time payment. And taxpayers got some relief when the board voted to cut the bond millage rate for 2010 in half. Read More»

Fayette high school start times changed

There has been a change in the starting time for Fayette County high schools. Beginning Monday, Aug. 23 the school day will begin at 8:40 a.m., the same as last year. The end time remains at 3:20 p.m. Read More»

Bearden hired as superintendent of Fayette County schools

Jeff Bearden, newly hired superintendent of the Fayette County School System. Bearden was at the Board of Education meeting Aug. 17. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Dr. Jeffrey Bearden is the new superintendent of the Fayette County School System. A unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night was followed by the announcement after executive session that Bearden, who attended the meeting, had signed the three-year contract. He will begin the job on Jan. 3. Read More»