Board of Education

Search still on for replacement for Fayette schools superintendent

With all the financial issues going on with the Fayette County School System it might be easy to forget that a search for a permanent superintendent is underway. But the process for selecting a new superintendent is continuing and is on track to find a replacement for former Superintendent Jeff Bearden by July.

Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell Monday said 30 applicants applied and their information is currently being reviewed by the Ga. School Boards Association (GSBA). Read More»

Lawsuit threatened, BoE discards opening prayer

Those attending the January meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education might have noticed a change in the proceeding at the beginning of the meeting. The usual invocation presented by a local minister was replaced with a “moment of silence.”

That change will continue due to threatened litigation by a Washington, D.C. organization after a complaint over prayer at school board meetings was filed last year. Read More»

Postponed: BoE plan for College & Career Academy

The Fayette College and Career Academy movement will be postponed for a year at the request of the Fayette County Board of Education as the board handles the massive effort of Read More»

Fayette BoE schedules 2 public hearings on school closures

Fayette County's interim school superintendent, Dan Colwell. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The potential closing of up to four Fayette County public schools and the need to get input from parents will be the topic of two public hearings scheduled during February.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 28 agreed to hold the public hearings on Feb. 14 and Feb. 25. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the 900-seat Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. Read More»

School Board updates system’s layoff policy

In anticipation of using it, the Fayette County Board of Education this week revised its layoff policy.

The board adopted a revised Reduction in Force (RIF) policy at the Jan. 28 meeting.

Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell prior to the discussion on the policy said the policy was revised to bring it in line with state law.

The school board is currently considering the potential for eliminating more than 220 jobs for the 2013-2014 school year in order to adopt a balanced budget in June. All totaled, those cuts will require that approximately $15 million be trimmed from the budget. Read More»

Fayette BoE moves Jan. 28 meeting to Sams Auditorium

The Fayette County Board of Education in anticipation of larger attendance will hold the Jan. 28 meeting at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. Aside from its regular agenda, the school board will hear a report from the redistricting committee responsible for submitting a plan to close up to four Fayette County public schools. Read More»

Next up: Redraw Fayette schools’ attendance boundaries

The work of the Fayette County School System’s redistricting committee is about to get underway again. The committee will meet Jan. 24 and will present a redistricting plan for the potential closure of four schools to the Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 28. A final decision on the closure of three elementary schools and one middle school will likely not be made until March. Read More»

Potential Fayette BoE cuts: 220 staffers, 4 schools

On the chopping block: 100 teachers and other certified positions, 100 parapros; Brooks and Tyrone Elem. may close; board trying to deal with $15 million budget shortfall Read More»

Question for Career Academy: ‘Where’s the money?’

Fayette County Board of Education members at the recent discussion about the CCA. From left, Barry Marchman, Mary Kay Bacallao, Leonard Presberg, Chairwoman Marion Key and Bob Todd. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Jan. 7 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education saw no shortage of representatives from local businesses and the community advocating for the school board to consider operating a College and Career Academy (CCA). Perhaps more significant than any variable related to the idea of establishing a CCA, and in the midst of upcoming historic budget cuts, is that the new program’s cost is not yet established. Read More»

Key elected as chair of BoE

Veteran Fayette County Board of Education member Marion Key, newly elected as board chair. File photo.

Fayette County Board of Education member Marion Key received a unanimous vote Monday night to serve as school board chairman during 2013 while board member Bob Todd, also on a unanimous vote, will serve as vice-chairman.

The election of the chair and vice-chair came with essentially no discussion. New board member Mary Kay Bacallao made a motion that Key serve as chair. The motion passed by unanimous vote. Read More»

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