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»

Fayette schools have unused space for 4,791 more students

Chart showing Fayette schools' enrollments, capacities and percent capacities. From the print version of The Citizen (June 15, 2011).

The Fayette County Board of Education tentatively adopted the FY 2011-2012 General Fund budget on June 7. And while the budget will be balanced using the majority of the fund balance from June 30, such an approach will not work the following year unless the state and local economies recover at lightning speed or unless millions in expenses are cut.

One of the falling revenue sources is linked to falling student enrollment. The Citizen recently looked at current and past enrollment numbers at the individual schools and the percentage of student capacity at each school. Read More»

Senoia charter school still on shaky ground

Moving on up — The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia held its first graduation May 27 and the occasion saw the sanctuary at Peachtree Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 16 filled to capacity with parents and friends of the K-3 graduates attending the two-hour “Moving On!” celebration. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Crunch time continues for new and existing charter schools created last year by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission after a change in state law, a law that was recently struck down on 4-3 vote by the Georgia Supreme Court on the grounds it was unconstitutional. Schools such as the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia are attempting to work with legislators, the Coweta County Board of Education and the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) to find a way to continue operations. Read More»

Legislator outlines tax credit for private schools

State Rep. David Casas (R-Lawrenceville) speaks to parents at St. Paul Lutheran School in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was legislation meant to provide a way for citizens and corporations a get a break on their state taxes and help offset the cost of student tuition at Georgia’s private schools. State Rep. David Casas (R-Lawrenceville) on May 25 spoke to parents at St. Paul Lutheran School in Peachtree City about the issues surrounding the Georgia Private School Tax Credit. Read More»

Booth secures third win 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»

7 in a row: SCHS ROTC honored for stellar performance

Air Force Junior ROTC at Sandy Creek High continues its tradition of excellence. The unit has been selected as one of 80 to receive the 2010-2011 Air Force Junior ROTC Outstanding Organization Award.

This marks the seventh year the unit has received the award since the program started at Sandy Creek nine years ago. Recipients must demonstrate that they have performed above normal expectations, and distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. Read More»

Sandy Creek High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Sandy Creek High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Camara Carter (R) is the valedictorian and Linda Wilkins the salutatorian for Tyrone’s Sandy Creek High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Starr’s Mill High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Starr’s Mill High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Matthew Waples (R) is the valedictorian and Robert Hertha the salutatorian for the Starr’s Mill High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.