Board of Education

Fayette BOE tentatively approves $178.9 million budget

The Fayette County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday night voted unanimously to give tentative approval to the $178.9 General Fund budget for FY 2011 that begins July 1. Read More»

Coweta BOE tentatively adopts $165.7 million budget

The Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday voted to tentatively approve a $165.7 million general fund budget for the 2010-11 school year. Final approval is expected June 22.

The upcoming budget is approximately $6.5 million less than the $172.2 million operational budget adopted by the board in June 2009 for the 2009-2010 school year, said school system spokesperson Dean Jackson. Read More»

Retiring Coweta School System employees honored

Retiring Coweta School System employees honored

The attendees at the June 1 Coweta County School System annual retirement banquet, honoring 57 retirees from Coweta Schools, were from left to right, 1st row, Dana Anthony (Madras Middle), Minerva Beadles (East Coweta High), Anne Bond (Ruth Hill Elementary), Kathy Bizarth (Newnan High), Tim Britt (Newnan High), Martha Lee Child (Atkinson Elementary), Evelyn Clark (Canongate Elementary), Karen Cope (Willis Road Elementary), 2nd row, Carol Dallas (Eastside Elementary), John Darrah (Atkinson Elementary), Judy Davis (Arnco-Sargent Elementary), Nancy Davis (Arbor Springs Elementary), Kaye Dunn (Ar Read More»

Superintendent search so far yields 32 names

The search for the replacement for Fayette County School System Superintendent John DeCotis is well underway. Board members have received applications and are currently vetting those submissions.

Hired in the spring, the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) received, reviewed and screened applications and conducted reference checks on the top candidates. The applications of 32 people interested in the position were forwarded to the school system, said Board of Education Chairman Terri Smith, adding that the applicants are from 15 states across the country. Read More»

BoE chair Terri Smith makes $12.2 million ‘oops’ on campaign form

If you were to examine the state-required financial disclosure statements filed 10 months apart in 2008 by Fayette County Board of Education Chair Terri Smith, you would discover a difference.

A $12.2 million difference. Read More»

Fayette school board candidate forum coming June 17

The Fayette County Tea Party and Fayette-Coweta 912 Patriots will be co-hosting a second candidates’ forum for local office. This one will involve the contested seat for the Fayette County Board of Education race to be decided by voters in the July 20 primary. Read More»

Fayette school system debt service millage due to decrease

A little tax relief should be coming for Fayette County property owners later this year. The Fayette County School System is currently projecting a decrease in the debt service millage by 1.7 mills for FY 2011, essentially halving the current 3.42 mills.

The main reason for the decrease comes by way of a transfer from the school system’s 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST) and a refinance on the 2001 School Bond along with a reduction in the accompanying interest payments. Read More»

No significant changes coming in Coweta class sizes

The Georgia State Board of Education (SBOE) cut local school systems a major break Monday in terms of required class sizes. But Coweta County schools will likely be unaffected because class sizes should remain essentially the same as this year.

Class size is always a big issue for educators. The State Board of Education Monday (SBOE) granted an exemption of all statutory and regulatory class size maximums for the 2010-2011 school year due to the continued decline of state and local revenues brought on by the recession. Read More»

Coweta schools first day is Aug. 9

The Coweta County Board of Education has approved changes to the 2010-11 school system calendar and has established Monday, August 9 as the first day of school for the upcoming school year.

School system Public Information Officer Dean Jackson said the Board made that and other minor calendar changes in a called meeting on Friday. The new calendar maintains the 180-day school year for students, and allows the school system to offer 187-day contracts for certified teachers for the upcoming school year, Jackson said. Read More»

DeCotis puts kibosh on ethics brawl

It went from verbal brawl to closed lips, and it took little more than a whisper from the guy in charge. Brief comments Tuesday night by Fayette County School Superintendent John DeCotis appeared to effectively rein in charges and counter charges on alleged ethics issues by board members against board members in the past two weeks. But yet another splattering of those earlier comments were heard during the public comments portion of the meeting. Read More»

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