College & Career Academy puts grant application on hold

The Fayette College and Career Academy (FCCA) executive board on Aug. 21 announced that the organization will not be applying for the Georgia College and Career Project Grant (GCCAP) in the fall as originally anticipated. Read More»

Sandy Creek fans ready for another big year

Sandy Creek fans ready for another big year

Fans rejoiced after last year’s state football championship win by the Sandy Creek Patriots. Can they pull it off again this year? And what are the prospects of Fayette's other high schools? See our Football Preview section, starting on D1 in the Wednesday print edition, to catch up with fall’s top sport in Fayette County. Also see "Are you ready for some football?" by clicking here. Photo/John Munford.

Fewer teachers than projected lose jobs in Fayette budget cuts

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education are (L-R) Barry Marchman, Mary Kay Bacallao, Marion Key, Bob Todd and Leonard Presberg. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Belt-tightening by the Fayette County School System cost fewer teachers their jobs than expected.

Required budget cuts for the 2013-2014 school year approved in the spring by the Fayette County Board of Education were initially expected to result in the loss of 144 certified positions such as teachers and 145 positions such as those held by parapros. But staff leaving by resignation and retirement shrank those numbers to 10 certified and 65 classified staff without jobs by the first week of school. Read More»

Coffee 20, Whitewater 7

For the second straight year, the Whitewater Wildcats opened their season against the Coffee Trojans of Region 1-AAAAAA. Unfortunately, the result was similar to last year.
Whitewater took a slight lead into intermission, but the home team bounced back for a 20-7 win Friday night in south Georgia.

The Wildcats' lone score was a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Ryan May in the second quarter. That gave the visiting team a 7-6 lead at halftime, but the Trojans rallied for 14 unanswered points in the second half. Read More»

Landmark 30, Calvary Day 22

The War Eagles of Landmark Christian School traveled to Savannah and picked up a hard-fought road win, 30-22 over Calvary Day School's Cavaliers last night in their 2013 season opener.
Landmark took a 20-14 lead into the locker room at halftime, and the score did not change in the third quarter. Read More»

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»

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