Fayette schools plan to recognize veterans’ sacrifices Nov. 11

Schools across the county are rolling out the red, white and blue for a variety of activities to honor local military personnel this Veterans Day.

On Nov. 11 students, faculty and staff will invite veterans from their communities to join them in special celebrations in recognition of their sacrifices to protect our country’s freedom. Read More»

Enjoying a fall festival at Crabapple Lane Elementary

Enjoying a fall festival at Crabapple Lane Elementary

Crabapple Lane Elementary School PTO sponsored a fall festival on a recent Friday night at the school. It was a perfect evening for the celebration. Some of the events enjoyed by the students include crazy hair styling by W. Daly Salon, pony rides, hula hoop contest, painted faces and fire safety education. The teachers and staff say, “Thank you to Crabapple Lane Elementary PTO for your hard work and dedication to our school.” Fifth grade students, from left, are Madelyn Johnson, Caroline Smith, Gillian Pressel and Jocelyn Shelfo. Photo/Special.

Booth Middle School students help out Real Life Center

Booth Middle School students help out Real Life Center

J. C. Booth Middle School students began building a "Mountain of Help" (food drive) for the Real Life Center last week, and the mountain has grown to unspeakable heights. The school began with one cafeteria table and had to pull two more in the front of the building as this "Mountain" has grown through the generosity of these young people. Tuesday was was Over-the-top Tuesday, which brought in a whopping 675 items in just one day. These sixth, seventh, and eighth graders showed their caring spirit. Read More»

Oak Grove principal up on the roof for a good cause

Oak Grove principal up on the roof for a good cause

Oak Grove Elementary principal Bonnie Hancock agreed to conduct school from the roof this past Wednesday if the students reached the school’s fundraising goal during their Innibrook fall fundraiser. Over 100 students helped raise over $6,000 in two weeks. The money raised for the PTO will go towards important school needs, such as an "Education City" computer learning program for students, sound panels for the cafeteria, media center updates and playground equipment. Photo/Special.

McIntosh Hall of famers meet current athletes

McIntosh Hall of famers meet current athletes

McIntosh High School’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductees with current Chiefs prior to the start of the banquet recently. The current athletes were nominated by their coaches for the honor of serving and interacting with the banquet guests. In the front row, kneeling, from left, are Josh Slepicka (soccer), Brennan Morgan (baseball), Robert Eifert (golf), Rafael Perez (wrestling), Isaac Zaubi (cross country) and Josh Phillips (lacrosse). Read More»

Residency affidavits due for Coweta students

Is your child attending a Coweta County public school a resident of the county? Are you? The answer to those questions must be “yes” in order to keep her in school. Signed affadavits of residence for every Coweta public school student must be in place by Dec. 21 to comply with a federal decree from the U.S. Dept. of Justice.           Read More»

Shorter school year eyed to save money

The idea of shortening the school calendar in the Fayette County School System for the 2012-2013 school year as a way to save precious dollars to help balance next year’s budget will have to wait until November for a possible decision by the Board of Education.

The examples of a mock calendar presented Oct. 17 may lead to the choice of one that shortens the school year by only five days, saves the greatest amount of money and provides a more balanced cut in pay for all employees across the school system. Read More»

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»

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