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Fayette Teacher of the Year is Sandy Creek’s Alexandra Vlachakis

Alexandra Vlachakis is the Teacher of the Year. Photo/Special.

There was silence as everyone waited for School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow to open the sealed envelope, and then a roar of applause came from the crowd as he announced Alexandra Vlachakis as the 2014 Fayette County Teacher of the Year.

Vlachakis, a technology and business teacher at Sandy Creek High, was one of three finalists chosen from 26 school-level teachers of the year who were vying for the honor. The two runners-up are David Spearman, a drama teacher at Starr’s Mill High, and Dr. Kelly Jackson, a music teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary. Read More»

Storm knocks out power at 2 Fayetteville schools

Fayette Co. High, Fayetteville Elementary trudge on Read More»

Sandy Creek student wins entrepreneur competition

Sandy Creek High School student Ellie Klarl was named the winner of The Entrepreneurship Project at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce on April 2. From left to right: Panel judge Doug Bates of CMIT Technology Solutions, panel judge Jan Krzykwa of TCIS, The Complete Insurance Solution, FCBOE CTAE Coordinator Lisa Collins, SCHS teacher Melanie Duncan, SCHS student Ellie Klarl, Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, and Fayette Chamber President and CEO Virginia Gibbs.

Student teams from four Fayette County high schools participated in the April 2 county competition of The Entrepreneurship Project, a Fayette Chamber of Commerce program designed to encourage and recognize students with an entrepreneurial spirit who desire to start a business someday.

Ellie Klarl, of Sandy Creek High School, was named the winner of the county competition for her business plan for Paws & Claws Pet Ranch. Melanie Duncan, SCHS Career & Technology teacher, also won recognition as the instructor for the winning student/team. Read More»

Bacallao loses Common Core test battle with Fayette school

Mary Kay Bacallao in December 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former District 2 Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao is running in a crowded field for the job of state school superintendent primarily on her opposition to the Common Core Curriculum, but she was unable recently to keep her daughter from taking a Common-Core-based test required by the Fayette County School System.

Bacallao tried to opt her daughter out of taking the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) administered by the school system in mid-April. Her opinion on the test notwithstanding, her daughter attended school the day of the CRCT and was tested. Read More»

Ga. sets $400K study for locating a 4-year college in Fayette

Fund focuses on building film/TV curriculum for Fayette County area

The dream of luring a four-year state college or university here may be getting closer to fruition, thanks in part to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

Two local legislators confirmed this week that $400,000 was programmed in the University System of Georgia’s 2014-2015 budget to prepare a new curriculum for television and movie course offerings that could be presented in Fayette County, a nod to the bright economic future brought here by the location of Pinewood. Read More»

Fall 2015 enrollment target for F’ville’s 1st jr. college: 1,000 students

Fayette County is getting its first built-to-order college campus. Read More»

Lunch and learn with the mayor

Lunch and learn with the mayor

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial lunches with Burch Elementary student Ude Ike during the school's "Lunch and Learn" program. Students were excited to share a special luncheon with a community leader while one special student was given the chance to be principal. It was a great time of leadership mentoring and self-esteem building for the students. Photo/Special.

Coweta teacher makes Top 10

Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, of the Central Educational Center, has been named as one of ten finalists for 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Schenbeck (center) works with students in her CEC music class, including, from left to right, students Marshall Sturm, Jacey Forte, Shania Wisecup and (at the piano) Rebekah Gilmore. Photo/Special.

Central Educational Center Director of Arts Dr. Lyn Schenbeck has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Schenbeck was Coweta County’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

The announcement of the 10 finalists was made by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge on April 7. The finalists were chosen from a pool of 156 applicants from across the state who had received the top honor from their respective school districts. Read More»

Principal’s paperwork

Principal’s paperwork

Robert J. Burch Elementary Assistant Principal Tammy Sibley confers with Davis Chapman, a second-grade student performing part of his responsibilities as “Principal for a Day.” Chapman was selected as part of a fundraiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and used by the school to foster leadership mentoring and students’ self-esteem. Photo/Special.

Lee Middle math team wins region title

A math team from the Lee Middle School Math Club took first place at this year’s West Georgia MathCounts competitions and represented Coweta and the region at this year’s state level competition on March 17 at Georgia Tech. Lee’s team included: front row, left to right - Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Josh White, Ben Lacina; second row - Marlayna Cromedy, Jenny Oh and Laura Keuhl; back row - Bryan Shim, Joon Baek and Chris Raum. Photo/Special.

A math team from Lee Middle School traveled to the campus of the University of West Georgia recently for district MathCounts competitions and took 1st Place in the West Georgia Region.

Lee’s team, consisting of Math Club students Jenny Oh, Chris Raum, Laura Keuhl, Josh White, Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Ben Lacina, Marlayna Cromedy, Bryan Shim and Joon Baek, represented the region at this year’s MathCounts State Level Competition, held March 17 on the Georgia Tech campus, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

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