Crabapple Lane teachers go for the gold

Crabapple Lane teachers go for the gold

Faculty and staff at Crabapple Lane Elementary spent the first day of preplanning having some Olympic size fun. They were divided into countries and competed against each other in team-building events that included a ping-pong tournament and trivia contest on historical facts about the Olympic Games and Crabapple Lane Elementary, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Gold medal trivia winners representing team Mexico (L-R) Mary Kate Smith, Denise Hubbard, Ashley Fannin, Kim Wisener, Pat Costa, Suzie Gibbs, (bending) Michelle DuBois, Charmaine Courtney and Elizabeth Sulkowski. Read More»

Barker to deliver ‘State of Coweta Schools’ address

Coweta County school Superintendent Steve Barker will be the featured speaker at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce’s NuLink Early Bird Forum on Aug. 28.

Barker will discuss the “State of the Schools” in Coweta County, highlighting the successes the school system has enjoyed and identifying opportunities for improvement in the future. Barker’s address will also draw the relationship between the business and educational communities, according to chamber president Candace Boothby. Read More»

Coweta rings in new school year

White Oak Elementary School media specialist April Young, at left, sets up new computers in the school’s new media center expansion before the start of the school year. She is helped by 4th grader Joey Foerster and 1st grader Emma Foerster. Photo/Special.

Aug. 6 was the first day of school for more than 22,000 students across Coweta County. And for a number of students the return to classes came with upgrades to some schools.

“It was a very good first day,” said Superintendent Steve Barker. “Our transportation staff was already hard at work by (5:30 a.m.). I was able to touch base with our schools and administrators throughout the day, and had very good reports. Our schools had a very productive day, and we’re looking forward to an outstanding school year." Read More»

Race: One part of equation in drawing new lines

A portion of the chart showing the demographics of Fayette County elementary schools.

As the Fayette County Board of Education prepares to consider closing some schools as a cost-cutting measure and redrawing attendance district lines, one of the known quantities that likely will enter into the final equation will be the racial makeup of each school’s student population.

Racial tallies required to be kept by public school systems show that the Fayette system features an overwhelmingly white instructional staff — upwards of 90 percent — teaching a student body that is increasingly minority — 43 percent of the total student population. Read More»

Parking ban enacted behind McIntosh HS

School has more room for golf carts, improved policies

Students at McIntosh High School will no longer be able to park on streets behind the school for safety reasons, but they will enjoy expanded on-campus parking for golf carts this year.
The Peachtree City Council voted Thursday to ban parking on both sides of Prime Point, Petrol Point and Stevens Entry near the school.

This summer the school added 181 new golf cart parking spaces to help with the vehicle crunch. The city also plans to use a grace period so students can adjust to the street parking ban before citations are issued. Read More»

Coweta schools set to begin Aug. 6

It’s that time of year again. The 2012-2013 school year in Coweta County begins Aug. 6 and will extend through May 24. There is a volume of information pertaining to nearly every aspect of school attendance available on the Coweta County School System website. Read More»

Search for Coweta BoE replacement underway

The process has begun to fill the at-large seat on the Coweta County Board of Education that came open when April Parker resigned from the school board in May. The board is expected to make the appointment in September. Read More»

Stollar to leave Coweta Charter Academy

Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia Principal Terry Stollar has been with the school since it opened in 2010. But today Stollar is preparing to take a position with another Charter Schools USA school in Indiana to be near her family. Meantime, the search for Stollar’s replacement is underway. Read More»

3 CEC students attend, 1 wins big, at national competition

Three SkillsUSA team members from the Coweta County Schools System’s Central Educational Center (CEC) competed in the national SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City this summer, with one of the competitors placing sixth in the nation. Kim Crabtree (front), placed 6th in the nation in Web Design. Behind Crabtree are Robert Fields, (L), and Jakob Blondell, Georgia gold medal winners in Graphic Communications who competed in the SkillsUSA national event. Photo/Special.

Three SkillsUSA team members from the Coweta County School system’s Central Educational Center (CEC) competed in this summer’s national SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City. When the competition was over Kim Crabtree had placed 6th in the nation in Graphic Communications.

All three CEC team members, all gold-medal winners from the Georgia competitions held earlier this year, competed in the 2012 SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri June 23-27 as part of SkillsUSA’s 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Read More»

Numbers add up for Carol Taylor

Numbers add up for Carol Taylor

Rising Starr Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Carol Taylor (R) was honored July 16 by Fayette County Board of Education members including Marion Key (center) and Bob Todd (R) after she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science. Taylor recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she was one of 108 recipients of the award. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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