Board of Education

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»

Wary of ‘strings,’ Fayette BoE rejects innovation grant

The Fayette County School System will not be applying for a $1.2 million state grant that, had it been approved, could have potentially established a local Center of Innovation at Read More»

Keeping Ebola at bay: Here’s what Fayette school officials are doing

Fayette County School System Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow. File photo.

The Citizen on Monday presented Fayette Schools' Superintendent Joseph Barrow with this hypothetical scenario: Five children from the Ebola-affected area of West Africa show up to enroll in schools here this week. What would you do? Here is Barrow's answer: Read More»

BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

BoE moves toward cart paths at Starr’s Mill HS

A golf cart traverses a street crossing in Peachtree City. File photo.

School officials unveiled three possibilities for golf cart parking at the Starr’s Mill school complex during a meeting Monday where they also stressed a need to get the word out to parents that a proposal to allow students to use golf carts on nearby Peachtree City cart paths is moving forward.

“We want the public to know we are continuing to work on this,” School Superintendent Joseph Barrow told Fayette County Board of Education members Monday during a work session where they were also presented with several other projects to think about before making decisions. Read More»

Teacher pay raises likely as Fayette BoE finds extra money

After several lean years of cutting expenses, the Fayette County Board of Education is discussing mid-year teacher pay raises and the possibility of adding more items to a budget that is already the first one to see an increase in five years. Read More»

Interns to make case for cart path to Starr’s Mill complex

Golf cart in a Peachtree City subdivision in June of this year. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Fayette County high school interns working with the Fayette County government presented their findings and options for a golf cart path and crossing for the Starr’s Mill school complex on Redwine Road to the Fayette County Commission on Aug. 14.

Though the cost of the project is currently being evaluated, the interns will present their findings to the Fayette County Board of Education on Sept. 8.
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Split vote OKs 100 housing starts on MacDuff

The Peachtree City Council on a 3-2 vote agreed to up to 100 certificates of occupancy prior to the completion of MacDuff Parkway. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Peachtree City Council on Sept. 4 agreed by a 3-2 vote to allow Kolter Homes no more than 100 certificates of occupancy Read More»