3 Coweta schools receive state honors

Three Coweta County Title I Schools were recognized by the Georgia Dept. of Education as Reward Schools in 2012-13. Accepting the awards were, from left, Evans Middle School Principal Melissa Wimbish, Jefferson Parkway Elementary Principal Dr. Sean Dye and Arnall Middle School Principal Jan Franks. Photo/Special.

Three Coweta County schools were named “High Progress Reward Schools” at the annual Title I conference held over the summer in Atlanta.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said Jefferson Parkway Elementary School, Arnall Middle School and Evans Middle School were recognized by the state during the 2012-13 school year in the “Reward” category. Receiving the recognition places these three schools in the company of only a small number of high-performing Title I schools state-wide, Jackson added. Read More»

Whitewater seniors make All-State

Whitewater seniors make All-State

Whitewater seniors Gina Palermo, Josie Taylor and Hannah Tillman were recently selected as top-16 All-State cheerleaders at the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches’ Association competition held Aug. 10 at Columbus State University. Read More»

Working scholars

Working scholars

Three McIntosh students — senior Thomas Gottilla and juniors Maria Furukawa and Tarna Zander-Velloso — participated in the UGA Young Scholars Internship Program for six weeks this summer. Each student worked on a research project mentored by a professor and assistants in an agricultural or environmental science field and had to present their projects at the end of the six-week program. The students had to go through a competitive application process which included essay questions, two teacher recommendations, and an interview. Read More»

A tale of two golf cart ordinances

McIntosh High School students share the news on a golf cart in the parking lot at the Peachtree City school. File photo.

Starr’s Mill High School students may get help from Fayette Commission; public opinion sought on unifying golf cart ordinances to make traveling easier

The Fayette County Commissioners are asking all golf cart owners and prospective cart owners in the county to attend the Aug. 15 Board of Commissioners meeting. Read More»

Fayette schools need substitute bus drivers

The Fayette County Public School System Transportation Department is looking to increase its staff of substitute school bus drivers to help cover routes for the upcoming school year.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said no previous experience driving a bus or large vehicle is required. The school system provides training to candidates whose Motor Vehicle Report (MVR or driving history) and criminal background check turn up no problems that would prevent them from driving a school bus or working around children. Read More»

School times change for 20,264 Fayette students next week

The Fayette County School System Welcome Center on LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It’s that time again. Fayette County public schools will begin the first day of class on Aug. 12. The 2013-2014 school year will see new start and end times for the school day and the return of a 180-day school year for students.

School starts Aug. 12 and ends May 23. The entire school year calendar is posted on the school system’s website at Read More»

Ga.: Common Core test prices too high; we’ll do our own tests

It was less than two months ago that state school Superintendent John Barge told a group of Fayette County residents of his concern with the cost of assessments under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). That concern led to a July 22 announcement that Georgia would pull out of the 22-state consortium and develop its own assessments while collaborating with other states. Read More»

2 Fayette schoolbus drivers are tops in Ga.

Sherry Harris (R) and Michael Dixon. Photo/Special.

The best schoolbus driver in the state is Fayette County’s own Sherry Harris.

Harris placed first in the Georgia School Bus Safety Competition held June 5-6 at Veterans High School in Kathleen, Ga.

She was the second place winner in the Fayette County School Bus Safety Competition.

Her fellow competitor, Michael Dixon, who placed first in the county competition, rounded out the top 10 best drivers in the state with a tenth-place finish. Read More»

Winner of majorette competition

Winner of majorette competition

Hannah Aldinger, a student at Starr's Mill High School, recently competed at Drum Majorettes of America's national competition, held at West Georgia College July 20-24. She won first place trophies in two baton and combined events for her division, and was crowned DMA's Summer Starlet. She is coached by Sandra Gillian. Photo/Special.

Coweta charter school finishing major expansion

A significant part of the expansion of the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia is the addition of a 36,000 sq. ft. classroom building. The school’s student population is increasing rapidly and will provide K-6 classes beginning in August. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The large expansion of the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia is nearly complete, and with it students old and new will return to class in August to find a new 36,000 sq. ft. classroom building and a host of other additions to the school.

Principal Tiffany Pollock on Wednesday reviewed the expansion of the campus on Ga. Highway 16 and the inclusion of more academic offerings to accommodate the 660 students who will attend during the 2013-2014 school year.

“I couldn’t be any prouder, and I’m so excited for the opportunities we will continue to bring to the community,” Pollock said. Read More»

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