Board of Education

FCHS to get Army JROTC in 2011-2012

Board skittish to add estimated $125K cost, but vote was unanimous

Fayette County High School is on its way to getting an Army JROTC unit for the 2011-2012 school year.

The projected cost, based on what has been spent on the Air Force JROTC program at Sandy Creek High School, is about $121,000 for salary contributions and an unknown amount for renovations at the school if they are deemed necessary.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously last night for the system to start the paperwork process, knowing that the funds would be programmed into the budget for next school year. Read More»

BoE refunds part of employees’ pay cuts, lowers debt millage

It was payback time for teachers last week as the Fayette County Board of Education found a way to give back part of the 4.5 percent pay cut imposed on school system staff last year.

The board voted to “refund” approximately one-third of the cut in a one-time payment. And taxpayers got some relief when the board voted to cut the bond millage rate for 2010 in half. Read More»

Fayette high school start times changed

There has been a change in the starting time for Fayette County high schools. Beginning Monday, Aug. 23 the school day will begin at 8:40 a.m., the same as last year. The end time remains at 3:20 p.m. Read More»

Bearden hired as superintendent of Fayette County schools

Jeff Bearden, newly hired superintendent of the Fayette County School System. Bearden was at the Board of Education meeting Aug. 17. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Dr. Jeffrey Bearden is the new superintendent of the Fayette County School System. A unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night was followed by the announcement after executive session that Bearden, who attended the meeting, had signed the three-year contract. He will begin the job on Jan. 3. Read More»

Coweta BoE holds millage steady for 7th year

Members of the Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday night voted to maintain the 18.59 millage rate again this year. The board also received a report on sales tax collections that decreased 6.8 percent in the past year. Read More»

Coweta schools look to extend accreditation

The Coweta County School System will soon initiate the process for its continued accreditation by SACS/CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement). Coweta was one of the first five systems in Georgia to receive district accreditation. Read More»

School bond tax rate to drop 52%; $177 lower on $250K home

It is nice to get some tax relief. And that will likely be the case come tax time for Fayette County property owners since the Fayette County School System’s debt service millage rate is expected to decrease by 52 percent, down to 1.65 mills.

School system Comptroller Laura Brock told members of the Fayette County Board of Education last week that the proposed debt service millage would decrease to 1.65 mills, a 52 percent decrease from the current 3.42 mills. The decrease would amount to a savings of approximately $177 on a home valued at $250,000, Brock said. Read More»

Painting got ‘boulder,’ so rocks at McIntosh are out

It was not the case of a mysterious disappearance of the “senior rocks” in front of McIntosh High School that had long been “decorated” by rising seniors. It was a case of going to extremes and learning the lesson that actions have consequences.

The object of school-spirited graffiti by rising seniors and others for many years, the large rocks positioned by the north entrance to McIntosh on Walt Banks Road have been removed after the most recent incident where far more than the rocks were involved. Read More»

Fayette BoE picks Bearden as new superintendent

It was a quick motion and vote Tuesday night as members of the Fayette County Board of Education returned from executive session and agreed to offer the job of school system superintendent to Dr. Jeffrey Byron Bearden. The vote was 5-0 and came with no discussion. Read More»

Fayette schools finalist also seeks job in Augusta

One of the three finalists for the position as superintendent of the Fayette County School System has his sights on more than one school system. Dr. Roy “Cole” Pugh is also one of three finalists for the superintendent’s job with the Richmond County School System in Augusta.

Aside from the positions in Fayette and Richmond counties, the recently retired Texas superintendent was also a finalist for the Baldwin County, Alabama, position and a semi-finalist for the superintendent’s job in Pulaski County, Arkansas, earlier this year. Read More»

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