Board of Education

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»

New school calendar coming in Dec.

The Fayette County school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year is still a work in progress. With more than 1,000 suggestions on the two draft calendars, the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night agreed to have school system staff take those suggestions and re-work the calendar.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said the school system had received more than 1,000 responses and suggestions on the two draft calendars. Barrow recommended that staff work on the calendars to combine the best features of both and bring a proposal back to the school board in December. Read More»

Fayette BoE votes 3-to-1 in favor of F’ville’s TAD

The Fayette County Commission last week gave its support to the Fayetteville Tax Allocation District (TAD) redevelopment initiative. The Fayette County Board of Education did the same Monday night on a 3-1 vote.

Board members Barry Marchman, Leonard Presberg and Mary Kay Bacallao voted in favor and board member Bob Todd opposed. Chairman Marion Key was absent.

Todd said supporting the measure would be synonymous with using school system tax revenue for capital improvements of private property. Read More»

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