Schools

Senoia charter school still on shaky ground

Moving on up — The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia held its first graduation May 27 and the occasion saw the sanctuary at Peachtree Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 16 filled to capacity with parents and friends of the K-3 graduates attending the two-hour “Moving On!” celebration. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Crunch time continues for new and existing charter schools created last year by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission after a change in state law, a law that was recently struck down on 4-3 vote by the Georgia Supreme Court on the grounds it was unconstitutional. Schools such as the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia are attempting to work with legislators, the Coweta County Board of Education and the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) to find a way to continue operations. Read More»

Legislator outlines tax credit for private schools

State Rep. David Casas (R-Lawrenceville) speaks to parents at St. Paul Lutheran School in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was legislation meant to provide a way for citizens and corporations a get a break on their state taxes and help offset the cost of student tuition at Georgia’s private schools. State Rep. David Casas (R-Lawrenceville) on May 25 spoke to parents at St. Paul Lutheran School in Peachtree City about the issues surrounding the Georgia Private School Tax Credit. Read More»

Booth secures third win at National Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad team at J.C. Booth beat their fourth place finish from last year, making them one of the top three ranked teams in the nation.

Booth came in third out of 60 teams competing at the 2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament held May 20-21 at the University of Wisconsin. There were 46 competition categories spanning the sciences from chemistry, biology, and physics to engineering, robotics and astronomy. Read More»

7 in a row: SCHS ROTC honored for stellar performance

Air Force Junior ROTC at Sandy Creek High continues its tradition of excellence. The unit has been selected as one of 80 to receive the 2010-2011 Air Force Junior ROTC Outstanding Organization Award.

This marks the seventh year the unit has received the award since the program started at Sandy Creek nine years ago. Recipients must demonstrate that they have performed above normal expectations, and distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. Read More»

Sandy Creek High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Sandy Creek High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Camara Carter (R) is the valedictorian and Linda Wilkins the salutatorian for Tyrone’s Sandy Creek High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Starr’s Mill High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Starr’s Mill High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Matthew Waples (R) is the valedictorian and Robert Hertha the salutatorian for the Starr’s Mill High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Whitewater High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Whitewater High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Jessica Heinmann (L) is the valedictorian and Kaitlyn Chapman the salutatorian for the Whitewater High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

McIntosh High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

McIntosh High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Brahman Natarajan (R) is the valedictorian and Zenia Zheng the salutatorian for Peachtree City’s McIntosh High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Fayette County High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Liam McDermott (R) is the valedictorian and Zahra Manji the salutatorian for Fayetteville’s Fayette County High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta BoE adopts tentative FY 2012 budget

The Coweta County School System’s budget for the FY 2011-2012 school year that begins July 1 was tentatively set May 23. Board of Education members are expected to approve the $165.5 million General Fund budget on June 14. That figure represents a decrease of $200,000 over the current budget and a drop of $6.7 million from FY 2009-2010. The school board continues to weather the recession, maintaining $18 million in the reserve account. Read More»