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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»

Coweta Charter Academy searches for way to stay open

The May 16 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that effectively put many charter schools out of business continues to impact the Coweta County residents whose children attend or were planning to attend the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia. Charters Schools USA, Florida-based operator of the Senoia school, on May 23 published a letter for parents that noted two potential solutions to the outcome of the judicial ruling. The school will hold a community forum June 2 to address the issues. Read More»

State provides waiver process for charter schools

Those interested in charter schools know that the Georgia Supreme Court on May 16 determined that the Georgia Charter School Commission’s creation of a number of charter schools was unconstitutional. Now, the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE), in response to requests from various charter schools, is offering a process to those schools wanting to apply to become state-chartered special schools. One of those schools is the Coweta Charter Academy at Senioa, operated by Florida-based Charter Schools USA. Read More»

Coweta Charter Academy holds town hall meeting June 2

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia on Ga. Highway 16 will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on June 2. The meeting follows the recent decision by the Georgia Supreme Court that the Georgia Charter School Commission, the organization that approved the school last year, is unconstitutional.

Booth secures third 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»

Tyrone Elementary’s Pollard named ‘national distinguished principal’

Tyrone Elementary Principal Eddie Pollard (R) is congratulated for the national honor. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The cafeteria of Tyrone Elementary School was as quiet as a mouse May 16, even though the entire school and staff had returned after lunch to fill the large room. But that silence broke into wild applause when Principal Eddie Pollard entered. The occasion was a surprise announcement and celebration honoring the longtime administrator who has been named Georgia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. Read More»

Charter schools dealt Supreme blow

Coweta charter school rally at Capitol — Six-year-old Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia student Dante Robinson (right) and his little brother Donovan joined their parents Sue and Nacoma, other Senoia families and those attending charter schools across Georgia for a rally at the Capitol May 17 in response to the 4-3 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that holds the 2008 law that created the charter schools to be unconstitutional. Photo/Special.

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled on charter schools, handing proponents of the initiative a 4-3 defeat May 16 on the state’s 2008 move that created a number of new charter schools, including the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia in Coweta County. Affected public school systems support the move while charter advocates said the decision is a step backward for Georgia. Voicing their disagreement, Coweta parents and students joined others at a Capitol rally after the announcement to protest the decision and the Georgia Senate has formed a subcommittee to combat the judicial decision. Read More»

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