Board of Education

Administrative changes coming to Coweta schools in 2011

Mark Whitlock (from left), Vince Bass and Dr. Marc Guy will serve in new capacies once Dr. Steve Barker assumes the role of school superintendent in March.

The transition of Dr. Steve Barker at the end of March as superintendent of the Coweta County School System will bring several administrative changes to the school system. Barker announced last week the changes in job positions include Dr. Marc Guy who will become Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Vince Bass who will serve as Director of Human Resources and Mark Whitlock who will continue to serve as CEO of the Central Education Center but will also serve as Director of Public Policy. Read More»

Power shift ahead for Fayette Board of Education?

The newest member of the Fayette County Board of Education, Sam Tolbert, takes the oath of office recently administered by Probate Judge Ann Jackson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

With a newly elected member, the Fayette County Board of Education’s first meeting of 2011 on Jan. 4 may see a shift in voting power.

The board’s alignment for the past few years has featured a 3-to-2 split sometimes, with board members Bob Todd and Marion Key being on the short end of the vote.

That may change in the coming year as Sam Tolbert joins the five-member board, replacing Lee Wright, who did not run for reelection. Read More»

Surplus forecast for Fayette BoE, amid calls to restore teacher pay

Reports on the financial state of the Fayette County School System show that both revenues and expenditures are on track to end the year June 30 with a $17 million fund balance. Read More»

Newest Coweta BoE members Parker and Dees sworn in

Newest Coweta BoE members Parker and Dees sworn in

New Coweta County Board of Education members Amy Dees (left) and April Parker were sworn in earlier this week and will assume their responsibilities in January. Dees holds the District 1 seat while Parker holds the District 1 At-large seat. Photo/Special.

Coweta schools reviewing education options, including charter system status

Public education in Coweta County and across Georgia will likely see some significant changes in the next few years. A process initiated last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue will see school systems adopt one of three approaches to school management beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

The Coweta County School System is currently investigating the benefits of the available options. Read More»

Fayette school board hears warning of state fund cuts of up to 4%

State officials are still talking about making further cuts in education spending, Comptroller Laura Brock told the Fayette County Board of Education last week.

The cuts would come from the school system’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding, and there’s talk of either a 2 percent or a 4 percent cut, Brock said.

The 4 percent cut would cost Fayette County Schools about $1.6 million, Brock estimated. To counterbalance that cut, the school will make cuts of 4 percent in transportation and nursing services going into the middle of the school year’s budget cycle, she said. Read More»

Fayette classroom teachers to have e-access to student data, test scores

Teachers in Fayette County’s public schools are about to get another cybertool at their disposal, and this time it will help them monitor student assessments on statewide standardized tests.

The new statewide Longitudinal Data System will allow teachers to pull up a particular student’s grades along with results on the CRCT, high school graduation tests and high school end of course testing, the Fayette County Board of Education was told last week. Read More»

Coweta collecting fewer sales tax dollars for schools as retail slides

It’s a sign of the times, the economic times that is. A recent report on the Coweta County School System’s one-cent sales tax (SPLOST) revenues showed that collections dipped by nearly $750,000 between November 2009 and October 2010 compared to the same time a year earlier.

A report by Assistant Superintendent for Finance Keith Chapman showed collections for the period of November 2009 to October 2010 totaled $19,227,614. That compares to the $20,020,788 collected during the one-year period from November 2008 to October 2009. Read More»

Coweta Chamber seeks Education SPLOST extension

Coweta Chamber seeks Education SPLOST extension

Members of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce made a special request at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education. Chamber chairman-elect Vicki Kaiser (at podium) was joined by chamber administrators and board members in asking school board members to continue the Education SPLOST (1-cent sales tax) when it expires in June 2012. Kaiser praised the school system for its many innovations on behalf of students, teachers, parents and the community. Superintendent Blake Bass said the school system is currently working on a facilities plan for later submission. Read More»

After winning election to BoE, Tolbert’s focus is budget

Sam Tolbert in January will replace Lee Wright in the Post 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education after his successful election bid in November. Aside from his experience in academics and in the corporate world, just who is Sam Tolbert and what does he think about public education and his role Read More»

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