Schools

Transparency still lacking on school affiliations for redistricting group

Nearly two weeks after The Citizen’s first request — and after three subsequent requests — the Fayette County School System so far has not released the school affiliations of the 26 parents chosen to be a part of the new 42-member Redistricting Committee.

“The parents would rather not be identified by school since they see themselves as representing the entire district, not just their particular school,” Public Relations Officer Melinda Berry-Dreisbach wrote Sept. 5 in a reply to The Citizen’s second request. Read More»

Superintendent sends 400 parents to redistricting class

This was one of many classrooms filled with parents Aug. 30 when a public meeting was held at Fayette County High School to get input on possible changes in school boundaries if the Fayette County Board of Education later this year decides to close several schools. Parents were asked to provide input on issues pertaining to new school attendance boundaries. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The turnout at Fayette County High School was heavy Aug. 30 at the first public meeting addressing possible school attendance boundaries that would need to be redrawn if the Fayette County Board of Education votes later this year to close several public schools. Read More»

Cheering the start of a new season

Cheering the start of a new season

The final score wasn’t very good (Starr’s Mill lost 42-3) but the Starr’s Mill cheerleaders kept up the school spirit throughout the game. The Panthers will hope to turn things around this Friday with a game at Fayette County. For more on this week’s games, see the story on Page D1 in Wednesday’s print eddition. Photo/Maddie Mercer.

Coweta Charter set for Fall Festival

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia is getting set for its first Fall Festival to be held at the school on Ga. Highway 16 on Sept. 15. More than raising funds for the school, the festival will also benefit the Community Welcome House for women and children in Newnan. Read More»

Parents have their say at first school redistricting meeting

A group of more than 400 parents turned out Aug. 30 to have their say on what school boundaries lines should look like if the Fayette County Board of Education later this year votes to close several schools in the county.

Held at Fayette County High School, the meeting began with Superintendent Jeff Bearden providing an overview of the economic conditions that led to the two current options for school closures. The majority of the time was spent with small groups Read More»

Sup’t. Bearden to conduct public hearing Thursday night on school cuts

If you want to have your say on which Fayette County schools should be closed to cut costs — and which should remain open — here’s your chance.

The first of two public hearings for parents and the community to provide input on the potential closure of several Fayette County schools will be conducted Thursday night at Fayette County High School.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said the first public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fayette County High School cafeteria on Aug. 30. Read More»

Fayette Commission hears pitch for local college-career academy

The Fayette County Commission was briefed last week on efforts to bring a “College and Career Academy” to the county.

The goal is to not just offer dual enrollment classes for high school students to get an early jump on college credits, but also to help local industries get a trained local workforce, said Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard, who is spearheading the effort. Read More»

Fayette student numbers level out

The large drop in student enrollment seen last year in the Fayette County School System may be leveling out. While enrollment numbers for the beginning of the second week of school showed 185 fewer students than in May, that loss represents a far better number than the 700 students lost a year ago.

The school system near the end of the first week of school reported 19,988 students. But an attendance count from the second week showed 20,252 students, according to information provided by Fayette schools. Read More»

Starting off going backwards

Starting off going backwards

Whitewater’s Jay Ashley (1) gets knocked back by the Coffee defense in the Wildcats’ 41-3 loss last Friday. For a preview of this week’s games, see the story on Page B1. Full team previews are available online at www.thecitizensports.com. Photo/Maddie Mercer.

Smokey Road’s Barron named national principal of the year

Coweta Schools Assistant Superintendent Marc Guy, left, just congratulated Smokey Road Middle School Principal Dr. Laurie Barron for being named the 2013 National Middle Level Principal of the Year by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. At right are Coweta County Board of Education Chairman Sue Brown and Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker, who helped announce Barron’s honor at the school on Aug 21. Photo/Special.

For a middle school principal it is an honor like no other. Smokey Road Middle School Principal Laurie Barron on Aug. 21 was named the 2013 MetLife/NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) National Middle Level Principal of the Year. Read More»

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