Board of Education

Fayette BoE sets policy for using its reserves of 10%

Superintendent Joseph Barrow. File photo.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 17 adopted a policy that will require an annual reserve fund up of to 10 percent of general operating fund revenues. Expenditures from the reserve fund must be approved by the school board.

The school system for the past two years has kept a 10 percent reserve in the budget, though it came with no policy to regulate how the funds could be spent. Read More»

Fayette BoE hosts local legislators

Fayette BoE hosts local legislators

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 14 hosted the annual legislative luncheon. Among those attending the event were, from left, board member Leonard Presberg, Rep. Matt Ramsey, board Chair Marion Key, board members Dan Colwell and Barry Marchman, board member-elect Diane Basham, Rep. John Yates and Superintendent Jody Barrow. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tech college to BoE: Let’s improve our relationship

Fayette County Board of Education member Barry Marchman. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The technical college headquartered in nearby Griffin wants a closer working relationship with the Fayette County School System, but local school board members want more information. Read More»

Fayette milestones in Election 2014

(L) Pota Coston; (R) Diane Basham.

First Democrat in a generation, first-ever African American wins first district election to Fayette County Commission Read More»

Fayette BoE asked how should we spend $100 million

What’s the best way to spend $100 million? For the Fayette County Board of Education it will be identifying expenditures from the ESPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) in areas such as technology and equipment, facilities, debt service, textbooks and school buses. Read More»

Election 2014 — First African-American elected to Fayette County Commission

Fayette County Commissioner-elect Pota Coston of Tyrone. File photo.

Veteran teacher turns back 23-year-old challenger for District 4 Board of Education seat; incumbent BoE member Presberg wins first election

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Fayette County election returns

UPDATED 10:43 p.m. — Coston becomes first African-American elected to Fayette County Commission; Basham, Presberg win BoE posts

All precincts reporting including 1,400 absentee ballots

Post 5, Fayette County Commission (9 of 9 precincts reporting)

Allen McCarty (R) — 33% (2803)
Pota Coston (D) — 67% (5741)

Fayette BoE, District 4 (12 of 12 precincts reporting)

Diane Basham (R) — 64% (5498)
Ogechi Oparah (D) — 36% (3145)

Fayette BoE, District 5 (9 of 9 precincts reporting)
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Fayette OKs Redwine Rd. cart paths

Residents along the southern portion of Redwine Road in unincorporated Fayette County will eventually have direct golf cart path access to the Starr’s Mill school complex just south of Peachtree City, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Read More»

BoE rivals disagree on the urgency of innovation grant

(L-R) Ogechi Oparah and Diane Basham. Photos/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County School Board in an Oct. 20 split vote said “No” to an immediate application for a $1.2 million state grant that, if received, might have established a local Center of Innovation at the former Fayetteville Intermediate School (FIS) to help prepare students for employment in the health sciences and digital media/animation fields.

District 4 school board candidates Ogechi Oparah (Democrat), 23, and Diane Basham (Republican), 66, were asked to have their say on the issue. Read More»

Fayette BoE to hire 19 parapros, buy more supplies

An Oct. 20 vote by the Fayette County Board of Education approved nearly $1 million in budget changes that will hire 19 parapros and help pay for school-level supplies and materials.

The $987,378 budget change includes $364,058 for the salaries and benefits of 19 parapros, $425,000 in operations expenses for a variety school-level supplies and materials, $48,000 to pay for additional classes if needed, $50,000 for professional development and $100,000 for instructional software. Read More»