Board of Education

BoE recognizes Fayette’s Counselors of the Year

BoE recognizes Fayette’s Counselors of the Year

The Fayette County School System “Counselors of the Year” were recognized Monday by the Fayette County Board of Education. Pictured, from left, are High School Coach of the Year Lakisha Bonner, Fayette County School System Pupil Personnel Services Director Barbara Serapion, Elementary School Counselor of the Year Leslie Fear, Middle School counselor of the Year Kristin Cristelli and Advocate of the Year Mike Conway, pastor of Heritage Christian Church. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette schools closing even earlier

With snow and ice piling up and cars sliding off roads, the Fayette County School System is releasing its high school drivers today at 1:30 p.m. ... and all other schools will release earlier as well. Read More»

Court proposes new map for district voting

Commission to meet tomorrow and discuss response to map; court hearing set Feb. 18

A new district map to implement Fayette County’s new district voting format has been proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten.

A special called meeting of the Fayette County Commission slated for today at 4 p.m. to discuss the map in executive session has been POSTPONED due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. Read More»

Coweta school board gets 'quality' designation

The Coweta County Board of Education has received a “Quality Board” designation by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA).  Coweta school board members include (L-R front row) Chairman Winston Dowdell, Vice-Chairman Harry Mullins, Sue Brown and Frank Farmer; and (back row) Larry Robertson, Amy Dees, Graylin Ward, Superintendent Steve Barker and Assistant Superintendent Marc Guy. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education has received a “Quality Board” designation by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA). The announcement of the designation was made recently by Superintendent Steve Barker.

“This is the highest ranking available for boards of education this year,” Barker told board members. “It means you hold to best practices and strive for improvement in an efficient, ethical cooperative manner.” Read More»

Fayette’s district voting lawyer fees rise to $283K

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People continues to be a costly one for Fayette County government.

So far, the county commission has paid $283,522 to the Atlanta law firm which is representing it in the case. That cost does not include additional hourly charges caused by action of the county’s own attorney nor does it include the attorney’s fees paid by the Fayette County Board of Education, which was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Read More»

2014-15 school calendar: Start early, end early

Those with school-age children wanting to get a jump planning vacations for the next two years can forge ahead with those plans. The Fayette County Board of Education last week approved the school calendar for 2014 with school starting Aug. 7, 2014, and ending May 22, 2015.

School system officials had more than 1,000 people respond to the two calendars previously posted on the website. Superintendent Jody Barrow said the best features of both proposed calendars were combined.

Effective for the next two school years, the 180-day calendar has school beginning on Thursday, Aug. 7. Read More»

Another appointed BoE member in Fayette’s future

As of next spring, two of the five members of the Board of Education will never have faced the voters of Fayette County for the posts they hold.

That’s because for the second time in just over two years, the board will have a mid-term vacancy, Read More»

Fayette’s method of assessing students is changing

Fayette’s method of assessing students is changing

The College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) as a vehicle for assessing overall student achievement is still new, but a Dec. 16 report to the Fayette County Board of Education showed that the scoring methodology is undergoing a change. Read More»

After holding office for 1 year, Bacallao to run for state school superintendent

Mary Kay Bacallao. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao has announced that she will resign her Post 2 seat in March to run for the soon-to-be open post of Georgia state school superintendent.

Bacallao made the announcement at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Ga. House Republican Caucus. The announcement came as Bacallao was participating on a panel debating the Common Core standards where, as is customary, she opposed the standards. Read More»

Fayette teachers get 2-day pay bump

Fayette County School Superintendent Joseph Barrow. File photo from August 2013.

BoE restores $1.2 million to 2,200 employees; Sup’t. Barrow tells board system is ‘out of the fiscal hole’ Read More»

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