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Fayette BoE to outsource schools’ janitorial services

The Fayette County Board of Education next week is expected to hire GCA Services Group to outsource the school system’s custodial services as one of the cost-cutting measures designed to help balance the 2013-2014 budget. The move will come with initial savings of $300,000 while providing staff transitioning to GCA the means to maintain their current rate of pay.

GCA provides janitorial and custodial services in a variety of industries and is currently serving school systems in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. Read More»

Bus driving champs crowned

 Duane Lawson, Michael Dixon and Sherry Harris. Photo/Special.

Drivers Michael Dixon and Sherry Harris maneuvered their school buses with precise precision through 12 challenging obstacle courses to take top honors in the 2013 Fayette County School Bus Road-E-O.

Dixon and Harris, who finished first and second, respectively, will represent Fayette in the Georgia State School Bus Road-E-O June 5-6 in Warner Robins. Dixon is an experienced state competitor having placed in the top 10 in 2009. This will be Harris’ first state competition. Read More»

Fayette schools nearing job cuts target

Through attrition and resignations, the Fayette County School System has already trimmed 284 jobs from its target of 309 positions to be cut.

The Board of Education recently agreed with the recommendation of interim Superintendent Dan Colwell that 309 positions be eliminated as part of a $15 million budget cut needed to balance the 2013-2014 budget that begins in July.

Though the numbers are still changing, school system administrators Friday said positions for a number of the 309 employees have been found due to the resignation or retirement of 284 employees since August. Read More»

New sup’t. to survey public opinion

Fayette Superintendent Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Incoming Fayette County Superintendent Jody Barrow will not be on the job until July 1 but he is already wanting to hear from residents on a stakeholder input survey available on the school system’s website.

“I subscribe to the idea of seeking first to understand, then to be understood. I’ve used this (survey) approach before. So I wanted to reach out to the stakeholders,” Barrow said Monday. “I’ve researched the school system from the outside, now I want to research it from the inside out to get a better picture.” Read More»

Barrow hired to be Fayette’s new school superintendent

New Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph “Jody” C. Barrow, Jr. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Ware County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph “Jody” C. Barrow, Jr. received unanimous approval by the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night to serve as superintendent of Fayette County schools beginning July 1.

Barrow thus will take over the actual day-to-day operation of the county’s largest government, its largest expender of tax dollars and its largest employer.

Prior to the vote, board member Leonard Presberg said he was excited about Barrow’s hire, with board member Barry Marchman adding that Barrow is “the right man at the right time.” Read More»

Fayette schools alert parents of Infinite Campus scam

The Fayette County School System’s technology department on April 22 sent a notice to parents cautioning them to avoid providing information to anyone claiming to work for the Infinite Campus notification system.

“Some districts have reported that staff or parents have received emails from people purporting to work for Infinite Campus, requesting usernames, passwords and email accounts to confirm ownership of their Infinite Campus account,” the notice said. Read More»

Coweta BoE names new principals for Northgate and Newnan

Bill Harrison, left front, will succeed Dr. Therese Reddekopp, left rear, as the principal of Northgate High School, and Chase Puckett, right front, will succeed Dr. Doug Moore, right rear, as the principal of Newnan High School. Moore and Reddekopp are leaving their current posts at the end of the school year to begin administrative duties with the Coweta County School System and Harrison and Puckett will begin their new duties at that time. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education recently named five individuals to replace principals who are retiring or taking new positions within the system at the end of the current school year.

Bill Harrison is currently an assistant principal and athletic director at Northgate High School and will succeed Dr. Therese Reddekopp as principal of Northgate High School. Reddekopp is leaving Northgate at the end of the current school year to become the Coweta County School System’s Director of Instructional Services. Read More»

FCHS Principal Warr among 28 to retire, 8 to resign by July

The Fayette County Board of Education Monday night approved the retirement of 28 employees and the resignations of eight others. The majority of those retiring are teachers and administrative staff.

The board weeks ago announced the need to eliminate approximately 310 school system jobs before the next school year begins in July.

Among those retiring in the next two months, 14 are teachers while a number of others hold positions in various administrative posts. Read More»

School Board calls Ware County for next Fayette superintendent

Dr. Joseph “Jody” C. Barrow, Jr.

Ware County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph “Jody” C. Barrow, Jr. is the lone finalist for the superintendent’s job that will be open in Fayette County schools on July 1. Barrow’s selection was announced Monday night at the meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. The school board must wait the required two weeks before voting on Barrow’s employment. Read More»

Fayette Chairman Brown appeals ethics verdict

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown is determined to have his day in court. A filing in Fayette County Superior Court has Brown appealing the decision by the Fayette County Ethics Board that found him guilty of two violations of the county ethics ordinance that were alleged by former Commissioner Robert Horgan.

In the petition to the court, attorney Drew Whalen said the ethics board found Brown to be in violation of the ethics ordinance because he gave “a direct instruction to the county’s human resources director to seek a legal opinion from the Ga. Attorney General.” Read More»

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