Students receive $2,500 Merit Scholarships

Graduating seniors at Fayette County High and Starr’s Mill High are among the 2,500 students nationwide receiving National Merit Scholarships.

Kathryn McCord (Starr’s Mill), Sonika Reddy (Fayette County), and Jessica Lambing (Starr’s Mill) will each receive a $2,500 Merit Scholarship to help offset college expenses. Kathryn plans to major in biology; Sonika is planning a career in medicine, and Jessica has set her sights on secondary education. Sonika is also the salutatorian for Fayette County High. Read More»

Fayette public schools recognize National School Nurse Day and 10-Year anniversary

Board of Education Member Marion Key presents School Health Services Coordinator Debbie King with a proclamation for National School Nurses Day as nurses (L-R) Robin Fowler, RN, of Cleveland Elementary, and Michele Petty, LPN, of Bennett’s Mill Middle, look on. Photo/Special.

School nurses are an important part of the total educational program in Fayette County Public Schools. The school system is fortunate to have a school nurse at all 29 of its schools.

In recognition of the contributions school nurses make to students, school staffs and parents everyday, the school system has signed a proclamation identifying May 12 as National School Nurses Day in Fayette. This school year also marks the 10-year anniversary of school nurses in Georgia and Fayette County. Read More»

Say thanks to a teacher this week

Students, parents and the community at-large are encouraged to show Fayette’s teachers how much they are appreciated for the work they do by honoring them during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7.

Great teachers have had an impact on every individual at some point in his or her life. Every year the finalists for Fayette County Teacher of the Year reflect on that one teacher who made learning fun and helped them feel special. Because of how a certain teacher touched their lives, these individuals decided to become educators, too. Read More»

5th graders beat regional and state percentages on writing assessment

The Spring 2010 Georgia Fifth Grade Writing Assessment results show that Fayette’s students on average outperformed their counterparts across the state.
Fayette’s scores breakdown as follows: 20 percent did not meet the standard, 70 percent met the standard and 10 percent exceeded the standard. A total of 1,569 students were tested. Read More»

Merchants award $250 Art For The Heart prize to Oak Grove

Peachtree Crossing merchants and Oak Grove students.

Taking time to beautiful the community while recognizing the importance of art in the Fayette County schools was a priority for the merchants in Peachtree Crossing and Peachtree Point Shopping Centers in March. Since the closing of the baby Kroger store over a year ago at the corner of Hwy 54 and Peachtree Parkway, the front windows of the store have been covered in black plastic, giving the appearance of a great black hole in the heart of Peachtree City. Read More»

Teachers’ group: Fayette salaries not so special

For all the talk about “what makes Fayette County schools special” that special category does not apply to the pay teachers receive.

That assertion was the central theme last week pressed by Fayette teacher and PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) member Diane Basham at the regular meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

School system seeks stakeholder input

Stakeholders can help the Fayette County Public School System improve its educational program by providing input through an online survey. School system employees, parents and community members are invited to participate.

The online survey will be available through May 14 on the school system’s website,

Input from stakeholders is extremely valuable as the school system continues to strive for excellence. Survey results will help the school system determine where improvements need to be made.

Fayette taps top teacher

Carrie Collins, kindergarten, Peeples Elementary.

The long journey for the three finalists vying for Fayette County Teacher of the Year came to an end Thursday night at New Hope Baptist Church, North Campus, with the naming of the winner. Read More»

Coweta Charter Academy holds meeting in Sharpsburg

More than 120 family members interested in the new Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia hear comments from Coweta businessman and board member Ernest Taylor on the lawsuit by the Coweta County School System that would block the school’s opening in August. Taylor was joined at the Sharpsburg meeting by Charter Schools USA representatives Sandy Castro and Sylvia Hall.

The lawsuit by the Coweta County School System over the establishment of the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia did not stop representatives of school operator Charter Schools USA with meeting with more than 120 family members April 19 at the A&O Bridges Recreation Center in Sharpsburg. Read More»

Students earn national achievement scholarships

Two Fayette County High and two Whitewater High School students are among 700 nationwide receiving National Achievement Scholarships through the 2010 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a competition for African American high school students. Read More»