Schools

Not clowning around about safety

Not clowning around about safety

Students at Burch Elementary in Tyrone got a “crash” course in seat belt use, fire safety and a host of other safety tips Nov. 1 thanks to these fire safety clowns from the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. In this skit, students learned about the necessity to buckle up and they also covered techniques including the creation of a fire evacuation plan at their own home along with the need to change batteries in smoke detectors every six months. Photo/John Munford.

Coweta BoE wants input on school calendar

The Coweta County Board of Education is looking for input from parents on which of two proposed school calendars should be adopted for the next two school years. Public comment can be made online on the school system’s website.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the school board anticipates adopting calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Jackson said the school board reviewed two versions of those calendars at the November board meeting and has requested public comment on those calendars as it prepares to make a final decision next month. Read More»

Scoreboard a happy backdrop as Whitewater Band makes music

Scoreboard a happy backdrop as Whitewater Band makes music

When the Whitewater High School Marching Band took the field at halftime Friday night, the football team’s first-round playoff game was all but decided as the Wildcats amassed a 49-7 lead in the first half over visiting Lee County. For coverage of the game and a first-round victory by Sandy Creek, click here. Photo/John Munford.

GOAL finalists from Fayette, Coweta

GOAL finalists from Fayette, Coweta

Students from Fayette and Coweta counties were among those from Southern Crescent Technical College selected as local finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Hector Duron (Fayette County), Layla Foles (Coweta County), Romera Thomas, and Jennifer Barfield. In the back row are Thomas Bastyr (Coweta County), Stephanie Scott (Fayette County), Eric Girault, Tomeka Ross, Katina Skipper and Alton Spells. Not pictured are Ebony Patterson and Megan Brooke Jones (Fayette County). Photo/Special.

Making a shirt at Braelinn’s Bazaar

Making a shirt at Braelinn’s Bazaar

Designing a unique t-shirt was just one of the holiday attractions at the Braelinn Elementary School Christmas Bazaar held Nov. 10. The annual event followed the school’s Fun Run. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peeples hosts veterans

Peeples hosts veterans

Peeples Elementary School recently hosted over 70 veterans for their annual Veterans Day Walk. Each veteran was escorted by a student host around the school hallways. Students lined the hallways and waved flags while singing patriotic songs they had learned in music class. A few of the veterans in attendance along with their student host included (from left) Naomi Censullo with Bonnie Censullo, Emmy Brubaker with Michael Brubaker, Chase Arnold with Scott Arnold and Noah Burnette with James Burnette. Photo/Special.

Blowout victories for Whitewater and Sandy Creek in first round

Whitewater defenders swarm a Lee County runner Friday night en route to a big Whitewater win. Photo/John Munford.

Advancing to the next round is the most important thing in the state football playoffs. Style points aren't all bad though either. Both Whitewater and Sandy Creek advanced in convincing fashion and are now in their respective classifications' sweet sixteen.

It didn't take long for Whitewater to take control of the AAAAA first round playoff game against the Lee County Trojans. Read More»

Streaking incident brings disciplinary, legal action

Streaking across the football field in his boxer shorts at East Coweta High School during halftime at the Newnan High School game last week left 16-year-old junior Gunner Cook facing obstruction charges from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. A video taken of Gunner’s run where he was tased by a deputy has Maj. James Yarbrough saying the deputy followed policy. Yet another video of a deputy cursing at students and pushing one of them a short time later at the concession stand has resulted in an internal investigation of the incident. Read More»

Community weighs in on superintendent search

The search for a new superintendent for the Fayette County School System is underway. A recently completed community survey had the community giving its perspective on issues such as academic and business experience and leadership capability.

A sampling of survey results showed that nearly 53 percent of respondents thought having a doctorate was important but not mandatory. Approximately 34 percent thought it was mandatory while 13 percent did not consider the degree very important. Read More»

Kids meet the author at Braelinn Elementary

Kids meet the author at Braelinn Elementary

Six-year-old Maggie Kluemper (L) and her 4-year-old sister, Lili, talk with author and Peachtree City resident Lori Neidlinger about her new book, "I Banish You Pink!" at the Braelinn Elementary School Christmas Bazaar held Saturday. The annual event followed the school's Fun Run. Photo/Ben Nelms.