Board of Education

Former Rivers Elementary sale closes for $5.17 million

All the Phase IA structures are now up, though far from finished, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Sandy Creek Road in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The largely-unused Rivers Elementary School on Sandy Creek Road is no more. The building is still there and may be destined for a great deal of academic activity in the future, but for a completely different purpose.

The $5.17 million sale by the Fayette County School System to River’s Rock II, LLC, closed on Sept. 12, paving the way for the building and grounds to be the home of Pinewood Atlanta Studios’ new educational component. The sale was announced in May. Read More»

Judge may draw his own Fayette voting district map

A federal judge has selected the state’s reapportionment office and staff to serve as the court’s technical advisor as he mulls over several proposed new district maps to be used in future elections for members of the Fayette County Commission and the county Board of Education. Read More»

Fayette School Board works on system objectives

Superintendent Jody Barrow (R, standing) talks about goals to the Fayette County Board of Education members (counterclockwise to Barrow’s right) Mary Kay Bacallao, Bob Todd, Marion Key, Leonard Presberg and Barry Marchman. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education took no action but discussed a wealth of topics at the retreat held Aug. 21. Among the retreat items that board members will comment on in the coming weeks were school system goals and objectives and a performance accountability cycle.

Superintendent Jody Barrow for discussion purposes proposed that board members consider reviewing a number of goals and objectives. The board agreed to review the suggestions and provide feedback in the coming weeks. By way of example, the goal of successfully educating all students came with 17 proposed objectives. Read More»

BoE to survey parents, students on career academy

Parents and students, what do you think about adding a college and career academy linked to the Fayette County School System?

That’s what the Board of Education wants to know, and it has commissioned a survey to find out. The survey will be headed to the county’s public schools in the coming weeks.

The idea for a survey of parents and students came about in concert with one taken by area businesses on behalf of the Fayette County College and Career Academy organization, which is asking the school system to join the effort in establishing such an academy. Read More»

Fayette school enrollment numbers rebound slightly

Some things are looking up — like school enrollment numbers.

It could be the beginning of the reversal of a trend that has plagued the Fayette County schools for the past six years. Enrollment figures for the first week of school showed the school system with 20,041 students, an increase of 53 students over the opening week of school last year. It was in the 2006-2007 school year that Fayette had 22,367 students enrolled. Read More»

Head injury policy gets consideration at Fayette BoE

The Fayette County Board of Education is considering a policy to address the issue of concussions and head injury that can result from extracurricular athletic activities.

The draft policy presented Monday night at the school board meeting noted that parents or legal guardians at the beginning of each season of any extracurricular athletic activity will be given an information sheet informing them of the nature and risk of head injury and concussion. Read More»

Judge to seek legislators’ redistricting experts for map

NAACP President suggests county ‘conspiracy’ to discriminate against black residents by ignoring pleas for district voting Read More»

Sup’t. Barrow sees in Fayette an ‘opportunity to innovate’

Fayette School Superintendent Joseph Barrow in his office. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Hold on to the good, but be prepared to make some changes, says Fayette County School Superintendent Jody Barrow, six weeks into his tenure as Fayette County’s newest school superintendent.

In an interview with The Citizen, Barrow laid out his vision for “an already good system.”

“I think we need to sustain the really good things that are going on, and there are other things we need to re-align and make some subtle changes in order to improve our practice,” Barrow said. Read More»

NAACP: ‘Keep incumbents out of our voting district’

Group makes case for special election this November 2013

Attorneys representing the Fayette County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People contend there is plenty of time for county elections officials to prepare Read More»

Fayette BoE discovers ‘closing’ doesn’t really mean ‘closed’

Sign at Fayette Middle School in Fayetteville before it was closed at the end of May this year. Photo/Maggie Zerkus.

Recently vacated Fayette Middle becomes new home to existing education programs

What began at last week’s meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education as a report on existing facilities quickly became a discussion about the next uses for the recently closed Fayette Middle School (FMS) for which several on the school board said they had no knowledge.

A previous administrative decision to relocate three school system programs to the now-closed school took some of the board by surprise and and left them wondering how and when the decision was made. Read More»

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