Fayette Board of Education hopefuls to speak at Nov. meeting

The Fayette County Board of Education is still accepting the names of Post 5 residents interested in filling the unexpired term of the seat held by the late Sam Tolbert. Superintendent Jeff Bearden told board members Oct. 17 that interested candidates will make brief presentations at the Nov. 7 work session. Read More»

Some Fayette schools escape numbers decline

Chart of enrollments at Fayette County schools, past, present and expected future. Source: Fayette County School System. Chart/The Citizen.

Fayette County schools rode a wave of seemingly unstoppable growth prior to the 2007 recession. That growth stalled in 2008 and resulted in decreasing enrollment that continues today and, according to a study by the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia, may well continue for another decade. Read More»

Enrollment study: Tyrone Elem. to add students over next decade

It has been no secret that enrollment in Fayette County schools has been declining for several years. A new enrollment study by the University of Georgia shows even fewer students between now and 2021. But for Tyrone Elementary School there may be a silver lining in the continuing storm of falling enrollment and revenues. Read More»

Baking for Relay for Life

Baking for Relay for Life

Sara Harp Minter Elementary’s third-grade students collected bake sale items to benefit the school’s Relay for Life team. These students did their part to find a cure for cancer. All items were sold during lunch and the the third grade raised $500. From left are Wes Tuttle, Lilianna Ibarra, Raechel Hudson, Abigail Doolittle and Bryce Hale. Photo/Special.

Landmark sends team to ‘High-Q’

Landmark sends team to ‘High-Q’

The Landmark Quiz Bowl team, coached by Dan Harrington and Nicole Bowen, will be featured on an upcoming episode of WSB TV’s High-Q. The show, set to air on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 a.m., will pit Landmark against The Lovett School of Atlanta.

“We are a young team with some good raw talent, and we are excited about this opportunity” reports co-sponsor Dan Harrington. Read More»

Peachtree City Elementary gets an orchestra

Peachtree City Elementary gets an orchestra

Fifth grade students at Peachtree City Elementary School are excited about the implementation of the school’s first orchestra program under the direction of instructor James Hagberg. The inaugural orchestra program is off to a great start and students are busy practicing each week for their first performance. Pictured are Rease Henry and Huck McCollum, both members of the cello section. Photo/Special.

Character lessons at Coweta Charter Academy

Character lessons at Coweta Charter Academy

Coweta Charter Academy kicked off its character education program (STRIVE) on Friday, September 23. The students rotated through 11 different stations featuring community vendors and services including State Farm, Coweta County EMS, Fayette County Sheriff's Department Detective Aaron Fenimore, Fayette County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, Publix, Pollard's Recycling and Waste Services, Piedmont Hospital Physical Therapist Jill Fenimore, and more. Each station was linked to character traits that the students will be "striving" to achieve throughout the school year. Photo/Special.

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»

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