Schools

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»

Pollock is charter academy's new principal

Pollock is charter academy's new principal

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia has a new principal. The departure last month of Terry Stollar led to the selection of 18-year educator Tiffany Pollock to head the charter school for the 2012-2013 school year. Pollock taught at the Charter Schools USA sister-school in Cherokee County last year and, prior to that time, served in various teaching and administrative positions in the Marietta City School System, in Muscogee County and Greenwood, South Carolina. Read More»

Sandy Creek scrimmages with Starr’s Mill

Sandy Creek scrimmages with Starr’s Mill

Sandy Creek hosted Starr’s Mill in a scrimmage last Thursday night and moved the ball well against the Panthers. Both teams start the 2012 season next week, while Whitewater is the only local team kicking off this Friday night. They will host Coffee at 8 p.m. For a preview of that game, see the Wednesday print edition of The Citizen. The 2012 football preview will run in next Wednesday’s paper. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Sup’t. Bearden warns Fayette schools facing up to $20 million in cuts for next year

In a somber “Welcome back” letter to faculty and staff on Aug. 17, Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden asks for input in figuring out how to slash up to $20 million — or nearly 12 percent — from an already austere school budget for the 2013-14 school year.

The budget for the current school year calls for spending about $177 million but receiving only $163 million in tax revenue. The shortfall this year is being made up by spending almost all the system’s cash reserves. Read More»

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»

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