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Three Fayette girls track athletes win state titles

Chinyere Njoku of Fayette County races to victory in one of her two hurdles events at Saturday’s girls state track championship in Albany. Njoku took first place in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Photo courtesy of Bruce Taylor, ga.milesplit.com.

Three local athletes won state championships over the weekend in the Georgia High School Association girls track and field meet in Albany.

Chinyere Njoku took first place in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles to lead the Fayette County Lady Tigers to a fourth-place team finish in AAAA.

Leah Banks of Our Lady of Mercy won the long jump as the Lady Bobcats came in fifth in A, while Noelle Parker won the AAAAA state title in the shot put for the Whitewater Lady Wildcats. Read More»

Kedron kids are math bowl champs

Kedron kids are math bowl champs

Kedron Elementary’s 4th Grade Math Bowl team won the Fayette County math competition April 29. From left are students Akash Bhowmik, Caleb Claborne, Nithya Guthikonda and Tony Qin. Behind them is fourth-grade teacher Delores Wright. Photo/Special.

Coweta schools hosting two Title I parent input meetings Monday

All parents of students attending Coweta County Title I schools are invited to attend either of two meetings being on Monday, May 5, 2014, for the purpose of reviewing parent involvement plans for Title I schools.

The two Coweta County School System annual Title I meetings will be held at 10-11:30 a.m., and 6:30-8:00 p.m. on May 5. Both meetings will be held at the Coweta County School System Central Office at 167 Werz Industrial Drive in Newnan. Read More»

Coweta schools in top third of state

School and school system scores for the 2012-2013 Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) released by the Ga. Dept. of Education (DOE) on April 21 has the Coweta County School System placing in the top third of Georgia’s school systems.

The CCRPI is the state of Georgia’s recently-enacted educational accountability system, which measures Georgia public schools and school systems on a broad set of academic criteria. This year’s report covers data from the 2012-13 school year, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Sup’t. on tests: ‘Room for improvement’

Superintendent Joseph Barrow. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette schools in state’s top 20 in new round of tests; McIntosh tops county in high school scores

Scores for the 2012-2013 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) are in, and they show Fayette ranked in 15th, 11th and 14th place, respectively, for elementary, middle and high schools. Read More»

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»