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Schools trim costs but still need millions more

Fayette County School System Deputy Superintendent Sam Sweat. File photo.

Cost-saving efforts since July by the Fayette County School System have trimmed $2.5 million in expenses during the first half of the school year and are projected to result in a June 30 fund balance of $5.8 million.

While significant, that total will still require many millions more to be cut to ensure a balanced budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

Interim Superintendent Dan Colwell on Monday said the recommendations on those cuts will come in the next couple of months. Read More»

Burch Elementary’s Care Bears

Burch Elementary’s Care Bears

Students at Robert J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone participated in a coin drive to help show their Burch value of kindness. Burch students and teachers set a goal of raising $500 to help impoverished families in third-world countries through World Vision. Fourth grade teacher Cori Davis brought the idea to Burch and students embraced the philosophy of “Burch Bears Care” raising $675 for the World Vision fundraiser. With the funds raised in Burch’s “Spirit of Christmas” coin drive, they will help nine families by providing six goats and 18 chickens to families in need. Read More»

Coweta County Commission honors Heritage football

Coweta County Commission honors Heritage football

Players and coaches of the Heritage School football team were recognized recently by the Coweta County Commission for their accomplishments on becoming region champions and a state runner-up with the Ga. Independent School Association. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta schools issue update on emergency preparedness

The Coweta County Board of Education’s safety committee was given an update last week from Superintendent Steve Barker concerning school safety and security measures. Coweta schools in January will see an increase in patrols and a decrease in points of entry at schools countywide.

Barker told committee members that all schools and the school system as a whole have extensive safety procedures and emergency response plans in place, and that personnel are trained regularly on the procedures and on a wide variety of emergency response plans. Read More»

Coweta schools review emergency preparedness plans

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has school systems across America reviewing safety plans. The ongoing emergency preparedness plans for the Coweta County School System are also undergoing a review by the school system and law enforcement. Read More»

Coweta County schools raise over 180,000 food items

The spirit of giving could be seen throughout Coweta County schools as the holidays approached. Students raised more than 180,000 food items or cash equivalents for this year’s Coweta County Can-A-Thon sponsored by the Newnan Junior Service League. The items collected will be distributed to needy families by the Coweta Community Food Pantry. Read More»

Coweta BoE approves school calendars for 2013-2015

Many school districts in Georgia have cut back on the number of school days in the calendar due to budget concerns. Coweta County is not one of those. The Coweta County Board of Education last week approved calendars for the next two school years, maintaining a 180-day schedule and choosing the version of the calendar preferred by 67 percent of those who participated in a recent community survey.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the community was asked to vote on two versions of the calendar that will be used for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years that begin in August. Read More»

Fayette schools review security measures

In the wake of the massacre of 26 children and teachers in Newtown, Conn., last week, both the Fayette County School System and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on Monday issued statements updating parents on the safety measures and precautions being taken locally. Read More»

Sandy Creek takes AAAA state title

Sandy Creek takes AAAA state title

Sandy Creek seniors Corey Griffin (7) and Jamon Rowe (58) hold up the championship trophy for the 2012 GHSA Class AAAA state championship. The Patriots captured their third state title in four years by defeating the Ridgeland Panthers 45-10 on Saturday evening. For more on the game, see www.thecitizensports.com. Photo/Rick Sauer.

Sherifffs increase patrols of elementary schools

No threats made; just a precaution in wake of deadly Conn. school shooting

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office has increased its patrols at elementary schools today in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 elementary schoolchildren and six adults.

There have been no threats to any local schools, but the department hopes to "reassure parents, staff and ultimately our children that they are now and will be safe from harm. We want to stress that there are no known threats or potential threats directed toward any school in Fayette County," according to a press release from Maj. Bryan Woodie. Read More»

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