Board of Education

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»

Fayette Chamber of Commerce honors Dr. DeCotis

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held its 11th Annual Partners in Education Recognition Breakfast May 14 to honor its 2010 Outstanding Business Partner of the Year, to honor the retirement of School Superintendent, Dr. John DeCotis, and to recognize the Fayette County school demonstrating good relations with its Partner in Education. Read More»

Fayette BOE budget talks to continue Tuesday

Budget discussions at the Fayette County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night will pick up where they left off at the last meeting. Now projecting a $16.27 million surplus by the end of the June 30 fiscal year, the board will continue looking at a variety of proposed measures to offset what is expected to be a $14.953 million decrease in the budget that takes effect July 1. Read More»

Fayette E-SPLOST funds lease of 1,937 computers at $3.3 million

The computer “refresh” at the Fayette County School System continued last week with the Board of Education approving the 1-cent sales tax-funded lease of 1,937 computers and related equipment at $3.341 million. Read More»

Todd ‘appalled’ at Smith, Smola for attacks at BoE

Fayette County Board of Education member Bob Todd

Fayette County Board of Education member Bob Todd at a press conference Tuesday said he wanted to clarify some of the events that transpired at the May 4 board meeting where a verbal brawl occurred between him, board member Janet Smola and Chairman Terri Smith. Read More»

Fayette BOE have their say in verbal brawl

As Superintendant John DeCotis (L) holds his head, board member Janet Smola (to the right of DeCotis) engages in a heated political exchange with board member Bob Todd (2nd from right, with his hand behind his head). Smola and Chairman Terry Smith (3rd from left) attacked Todd during the Fayette County Board of Education meeting May 4. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Schoolyard brawls usually attract a lot of attention. That would have been the case at the May 4 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education, except that the meeting was sparsely attended, as usual, and Read More»

Millions in cuts facing Fayette BOE

There is just no telling what the Fayette County Board of Education might come up with in terms of a budget for FY 2011 that begins July 1. But based on the current financial outlook and recommendations from Superintendent John DeCotis that budget, when tentatively approved by the board in mid-June, will have to... Read More»

Website woes hit Fayette County School System

The Fayette County School System this afternoon said it is experiencing technical difficulties with its website, www.fcboe.org, and that the site might be down for several days. School board agendas and other school system areas can be accessed on other available websites. Read More»

Fayette BOE asked to donate 100 acres for equine facility

Scott Gilbert of Horse Owners of Fayette speaks April 20 to the Board of Education. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a different kind of proposal that came before the Fayette County Board of Education last week. Representing the planned organization Horse Owners of Fayette, resident Scott Gilbert asked the school board to consider donating 100 acres adjacent to Inman Elementary in the southeast part of the county for an enclosed equine arena Read More»

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