Board of Education

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»

Smola’s job plea keeps Tuesday meetings for school board

Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola (L) and Terri Smith.

The organizational meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 4 began easily enough with the unanimous election of board member Bob Todd as chair and board member Marion Key as vice-chair.

But when it came to the board’s meeting nights the discussion became more problematic, with board members eventually voting to keep the meetings on Tuesdays through July then switch to Monday nights for the remainder of the year. Yet it was of note that the primary reason for changing the meeting days last year to Tuesdays was never addressed by anyone on the board. Read More»

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»