State school superintendent to visit two Coweta schools

Two of Coweta County’s schools will welcome a different kind of guest later this month. State School Superintendent John Barge will be in the county to visit Smokey Road Middle School and Newnan High School on Aug. 26.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said Barge will spend several hours at Smokey Road Middle School visiting classes and then having lunch with staff and students before traveling to Newnan High School to spend a few hours visiting classrooms. Read More»

Fayette schools to try letting kids use smart phones to study — in class

Will smart phones still be fun if kids have to use them for learning school lessons?

That question will be answered locally as the Fayette County Board of Education has given the initial go-ahead to develop a pilot program that would allow students to use their own personal electronic devices to supplement educational opportunities in the classroom.

The Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative described at the Aug. 1 meeting by Technology Services Director Curt Cearley is one that uses any technology device that a student brings to school to assist in learning. Read More»

Fayette enrollment drops another school’s worth of students

Compared to last year, 601 fewer kids show up for 1st day of school in Fayette; 4th straight year of declining numbers Read More»

Huddleston Elementary works to fix mold issue

One teacher and one student at Huddleston Elementary School in Peachtree City have reported physical reactions to mold found on shelving in one of the school’s classrooms. The mold has been removed and the school, as a precautionary measure, has taken air samples in several classrooms.

Fayette County School System Facilities Director Mike Satterfield said Aug. 15 that information provided by Principal Rebekah Maddox indicated that one student and one teacher last week had reported physical issues relating to exposure to mold. Read More»

Coweta charter school meet and greet

Coweta charter school meet and greet

The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia held a Welcome Celebration at the school Aug. 5 for parents and students to meet and greet the faculty and staff. Principal Terry Stollar held an orientation prior to the classroom visits. The school will hold two other events in August, including a celebration picnic at Merrimac Park in Senoia on Aug. 13 from 4-7 p.m. and and open house Aug. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. Photo/Special.

Schools are back, Coweta enrollment is on track

Poplar Road Elementary School Principal Leslie Goodwin welcomes students and parents back for the first day of school Monday morning. Photo/Special.

School is back in session and Coweta County schools began the year Aug. 8 with virtually the same number of students as this time last year. Though still a bit early to say what enrollment numbers will look like for the year, Coweta is in better shape than some area counties. The reason is that enrollment is directly linked to school system funding. Read More»

Coweta BoE holds tax rate steady at 18.59 mills

The recession and a falling tax digest notwithstanding, the Coweta County Board of Education voted Aug. 9 to hold steady on the school system’s millage rate at 18.59 mills.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said maintaining last year’s tax rate makes this the eighth year that Coweta County property owners have paid taxes at the 18.59 mill rate. The school board also voted to keep the school system’s bonded indebtedness tax rate at 0 mills, as it has for the past 10 years, Jackson said. Read More»

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»

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