Board of Education

Additional classes for Fayette high schools questioned

An idea that surfaced at the Tuesday meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education would expand the school day beyond the current six-class acdemic day. The presentation by several school system staff and students was essentially the beginning of a discussion that could easily take months to resolve. Read More»

Fayette school system posts milestone: ontime online agenda

And they said it couldn’t be done, but that was a year ago. Today — actually last Friday by 5 p.m. — the agenda and supporting documentation for the Feb. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education was posted on the school system’s website, giving those interested far more time to view the information.

The change to having the agenda and other documentation online on Friday came with no fanfare and not even an announcement. Read More»

Coweta BoE adopts board eligibility policy

The Coweta County Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting unanimously adopted a state-required policy pertaining to individuals eligible to serve on the board or as superintendent.

Described as pertaining to the election of county school board members and persons eligible to serve the school system, the policy reflects the provisions of state law O.C.G.A. 20-02-0051. Read More»

Fayette School Board goes to school for boards

Board members get schooled in board responsibilities by Zenda Bowie (top right, standing). Clockwise from top are Superintendent Jeff Bearden and board members Marion Key, Terri Smith, Janet Smola, Bob Todd and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education got a little education of its own Jan. 29 at a retreat sponsored by the Georgia School Boards Association. Organization Director of Field Services and former Fulton County Board of Education member Zenda Bowie essentially provided a primer on the roles and responsibilities of both school board members and the superintendent.

Bowie used the planning session occasion to discuss various aspects of “general boardsmanship” that highlighted the roles and responsibilities of school board members and superintendents across the state. Read More»

Coweta to make up 1 of 5 missed ice days, 5 minutes at a time

The week-long closure of Coweta County schools and nearly all others in north Georgia two weeks ago due to the Winter Storm of 2011 meant that school systems needed to decide how many days to make up and how to do it. With four storm days built in to the 180-day school cycle, the Coweta County School System decided to make up the fifth day by adding five minutes to school days beginning Jan. 31. Read More»

Enrollment declines could cost 27 classroom positions

Numbers could change, but right now the Fayette County School System is looking at losing funding for more than 27 classroom teachers and parapros, mostly due to declining enrollment.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis last week gave Board of Education members an initial look at the possibility of losing 27.45 classroom positions.

Ellis told the board that the school system has lost 1,050 students since August 2007. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Bob Todd at the school board meeting Jan. 18 congratulates board member Terri Smith, who was recently elected to serve as a district director for the Georgia School Boards Association. In the background are board members Janet Smola and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New school chief ‘impressed’ by Fayette students, teachers

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New Fayette County school Superintendent Jeff Bearden last week completed his first three weeks as head of the Fayette County School System. He shared his first impressions in an interview.

“I think the first thing I would like people to know are my first impressions on Fayette County and our school system. And I’m proud to use the term ‘our school system’ now and not the school system I’m looking forward to joining,” Bearden explained. Read More»

Fayette BoE restores 1.5% of school system pay

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

School system employees got a portion of what they wanted Jan. 18 when Fayette County Board of Education members voted unanimously to restore 1.5 percent of the 4.5 percent pay cut from 2009 that took effect in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

The 1.5 percent restoration came at the recommendation of Superintendent Jeff Bearden. Read More»

Fayette schools to make up 3 lost ice days during Feb. winter break

The Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night voted unanimously to make up during the February winter break three of the five days lost last week to the winter storm that saw schools closed all week across the northern half of Georgia. Read More»

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