Schools

High school period survey splits parents, teachers

Fayette parents generally like the current six-period high school day, while teachers generally don’t.

Those are the results of a survey by the Fayette County School System on potentially changing the high school day schedule to allow students to earn more credits for graduation, announced at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

Costly perk – BoE employees enroll 361 out-of-county kids in Fayette schools

If you live outside Fayette County, your kids cannot legally attend Fayette schools, right?

Wrong. If you work full-time for the school system — from janitor to school superintendent — and if there’s classroom space available, you can bring your kids on your commute from out of county and enroll them at no charge to you in Fayette schools. It’s a perk of your employment, with Fayette taxpayers footing the bill. Read More»

Expert: 8% fewer students in 10 years; Fayette schools to see long, slow decline in enrollments

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden in a file photo.

It’s a bear market for school growth in Fayette County for at least the next decade, according to a demographic expert hired by the Board of Education.

By 2021, local schools will have 1,650 fewer students than currently enrolled, a projected decline of 8.1 percent.

The good news is that the shallow decline likely will postpone having to close any Fayette schools for at least two years, according to Superintendent Jeff Bearden.

The bad news is that any budget cuts in the near future likely will mean cuts in numbers of teachers and parapros. Read More»

National Achievement semifinalists named

A total of seven seniors from Fayette County, Starr’s Mill, Whitewater and Sandy Creek High schools have been named 2012 National Achievement Semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Nicholas Britt, Fayette County High; Elizabeth Johnson-Wilson, Starr’s Mill High; Matthew Thomas, Whitewater High; and Andre Allen, Dara Carter, Austin Knight-Scott, and Joseph Verdun, all of Sandy Creek High, are among the 1,600 Black American high school seniors nationwide who were selected as semifinalists in the 48th annual scholarship program. Read More»

Fayette is a top performer on ACT

2011 ACT test scores show that Fayette County’s high school seniors are among the most prepared for college-level coursework in the state and nation.

Fayette posted a composite score of 23.0, up from 22.6 last year. In comparison to state and national composite scores, state schools scored 20.6 and schools nationwide scored 21.1. That puts Fayette 2.4 points ahead of the state composite and 1.9 points ahead of the nation. Read More»

Bonnell Aluminum makes big donation to Coweta 3rd graders

The students in Jodi Smith’s 3rd grade class at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School joined the school’s administrators and the county superintendent in thanking Bonnell Plant Manager Brooke Hamilton and employee Matt Key for personally delivering the dictionaries to their school. Photo/Special.

Employees of the Newnan’s Bonnell Aluminum company visited all 19 elementary schools in Coweta County this week, personally delivering over 1,600 Merriam-Webster dictionaries to students in every third grade class.

It is the tenth year the Newnan company has sponsored the county-wide donation, which is intended to promote literacy and academic skills among Coweta County elementary students, said school system spokesperson Dean Jackson. Read More»

Annual college fair coming to CEC on Oct. 3

The 2011 “Probe” college fair will be held this Monday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m. at the Central Educational Center (CEC) in Newnan.

The annual Probe Fair is open to all Coweta County high school students, and features representatives from 70 universities colleges and technical schools, with admissions materials available for interested students.  Read More»

200 race in Cougar Run

200 race in Cougar Run

Fayetteville Intermediate School held their annual Cougar Run 5K last Saturday. The event is part of the Peachtree City Rotary Club Elementary Grand Prix race series. The series raises money for the schools. Last year the series raised around $100,000. The Cougar 5K featured over 200 runners of all ages. The next race is the Spring Hill Elementary Turkey Trot on Oct. 8. Photo/Sabine Scholz.

Region wins for Whitewater, Sandy Creek and Landmark football teams

Whitewater breaks a pre-game huddle before going on to a big win Friday night. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Three local teams are riding a winning streak and all three picked up sizable region wins Friday night.

Whitewater beat Starr’s Mill 31-9, Sandy Creek beat Henry County 34-17 and Landmark Christian beat Whitefield Academy 34-10.

Fayette County lost to Harris County 7-6 and McIntosh lost to Northgate 30-14.

For more, see http://www.thecitizensports.com/node/1654

Coweta SAT scores beat state average by 40 points

SAT scores for 2011 are in and Coweta County students from East Coweta High, Northgate High and Newnan High averaged 1,485 combined points, besting the state average by 40 points. The county’s high scorers were from Northgate High School where the average score from the three-section test totaled 1,525 points.

The SAT includes test sections on Math, Verbal and Writing. Coweta students taking the SAT in 2011 averaged a total of 1,485 combined points. That puts Coweta students 40 points above the state average and 15 points shy of the national average. Read More»

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