Heading back on the first day of school

Heading back on the first day of school

The kids poured in to the parking lot and onto the sidewalk at Cleveland Elementary School Monday morning just in time for the first day of school. And, as usual, many of the elementary students came hand in hand with their parents, as with these first-day parents with their children. The school is on Lester Road off Ga. Highway 54 in the center of the county. Across the school system, Fayette reported 20,293 students this year compared to 20,894 students this time a year ago. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette schools announce changes for new school year

Middle school students in Fayette County will start and end their school day earlier to accommodate an additional 20 minutes of extra instructional time added to the high school day. Adjustments were made to the middle school schedule to help reduce traffic congestion due to the later release of high school students, especially at the South Complex (Rising Starr Middle and Starr’s Mill High) and the North Complex (Flat Rock Middle and Sandy Creek High). Read More»

CARE offers free workshops for parents this school year

After students settle into their routines following the start of school on August 8, parents and the community will have their opportunity to get schooled beginning in September.

The CARE (Children at Risk in Education) program of the Fayette County Public School System is offering free workshops to all parents, educators and community members. Read More»

Coweta bests state in End of Course Tests

The State of Georgia released results of the spring administration of High School End-of-Course Tests in mid-July and Coweta County students out-performed the state average in nearly every category.

School system spokesperson Dean Jackson said End of Course Tests (EOCTs) are administered in the spring at the end of the applicable subjects taught in Georgia high schools and count for 15 percent of a student’s grade in the course. Student performance is categorized into three levels: Does Not Meet Standard, Meets Standard, and Exceeds Standard. Read More»

East Coweta teacher selected for Costa Rica trip

Tammy Hyder, teacher at East Coweta Middle School. Photo/Special.

For East Coweta Middle School teacher Tammy Hyder it will be a trip to remember. Hyder will study the Costa Rican rainforest later this year after being selected as a recipient in the 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program.   Read More»

End-of-course tests show Fayette kids outpacing state

Fayette County school students did themselves proud during the 2010-2011 school year, besting their scores compared to the previous year on the end-of-course tests administered during the spring. Those scores also significantly surpassed the state average. Fayette also had all its schools make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the eighth consecutive year. Read More»

Funding now assured, Senoia charter school to open in August

The Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia will open in August after all. Despite being turned down for local funding by a near majority of the Coweta County Board of Education, the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) announced July 14 that the school operated by Florida-based Charter Schools USA will receive the local share equivalent in funding for the school year that begins in three weeks.

Charter Schools USA spokesman Richard Page said his company was notified of the decision during the late morning hours July 14. Read More»

Coweta improves CRCT scores, trumps state performance

Students in the Coweta County School System have improved their overall performance on the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) and have outscored state averages.

School system spokesperson Dean Jackson said test results for grades 3 through 8 show that Coweta County schools improved student performance in most grades and subjects in the last year and outperformed students throughout the state of Georgia with higher percentages of students meeting or exceeding state standards in all grades and subject areas. Read More»

Fayette BoE’s FY 2012 budget relies on $16.4M reserves to plug deficit hole

They had talked about the Fayette County School System’s $186.66 million FY 2012 budget that takes effect July 1 for weeks, so the June 21 meeting came down to a 3-0 vote to approve, taken with no comments. The $186.66 million expenditures portion of the General Fund budget recommended by Superintendent Jeff Bearden carries a revenue estimate of $170.2 million, a deficit of $16.4 million. Read More»

Coweta BoE to decide on charter school by July 8

These parents and students were among the 100 supporters of the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia who attended the June 14 Coweta Board of Education meeting to request that their school remain open in August. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Coweta Charter Academy will learn its fate by July 8. That was the word at the June 14 meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education when charter school representatives requested a quick answer to the recently submitted application to gain local school system approval to continue operations in August.

School board meetings are customarily held at the Jackson Street office. The June 14 meeting was moved to The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road to accommodate the large number of parents and students attending. Read More»

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