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Give opinions on new textbooks for Fayette schools

Deadline for comment is March 16

Textbooks that could potentially be used in Fayette County schools are available for public inspection and comment through March 16 when the Board of Education is expected to make decisions about the books.

Recommended English/Language Arts textbooks for grades 6-12 are on display in the lobbies of the Fayette County Board of Education (210 Stonewall Avenue, Fayetteville) and the LaFayette Educational Center, building “B,” (205 LaFayette Avenue, Fayetteville).

The textbooks can be viewed at these locations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Read More»

Ross urges BoE to keep fighting for at-large voting appeal

Fayette County resident Bob Ross is usually known for his diplomatic approach to a variety of issues. But Ross during public comments at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education asked board members to consider whether they were in agreement with some of the positions taken by the NAACP in the ongoing district voting lawsuit. Read More»

Leaders want feedback on new system options

The Coweta County School System will hold a public listening session on Feb. 24 to discuss school system flexibility options relating to the Coweta County Board of Education’s decision move to IE2 system status.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24at 7:30 p.m., at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road. Read More»

Forget cold, officials chisel ground for ceremony

 Pitching shovels of dirt are (L-R) Deputy Superintendent Sam Sweat, Board of Education Vice-Chairman Dan Colwell, Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, Board of Education Chairman Marion Key, Board of Education members Diane Basham, Dr. Barry Marchman, and Leonard Presberg, architect Dick Spangler of Manley, Spangler, Smith Architects, and Facility Services Director Mike Satterfield.

Fayette County school officials braved the bitter cold on Feb. 20 and participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking on the construction site of the new school bus shop and transportation office.

The facility is an addition to the school system’s warehouse, located at 939 Goza Road, behind Whitewater High School in Fayetteville. Grading and foundation work has already begun and the building is expected to be finished this summer, and occupied before the start of school. Read More»

BoE waiting to hear from judge about next step in district voting lawsuit

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Marion Key at a November 2014 meeting.

There is still no word on a course of action by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Fayette County Board of Education (BOE) on their plans after a three-judge federal panel on Jan. 7 rejected the decision by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten on the district voting lawsuit brought by the Georgia Conference of the NAACP and is sending the case back to federal court. The BOC and BOE are waiting to hear from Judge Batten to determine their next move. Read More»

New gyms coming to N. Fayette, PTC Elementary?

Sign in front of Peachtree City Elementary School on Wisdom Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.
The Fayette County Board of Education gave the go-ahead on Feb. 2 to have plans drawn up that could lead to the construction of new gymnasiums at North Fayette Elementary School and Peachtree City Elementary School, and potentially, a new classroom building at the Peachtree City school.
 
Facilities Director Mike Satterfield in addressing the need for new gyms at the two schools told the board both were in need of replacement.

Board of Eduction OKs school calendar for next two years

The Coweta County Board of Education at the Jan. 13 meeting adopted the school calendars that will be used for the next two school years beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the two calendars were adopted following public review and surveys on proposed calendars.

Both calendars maintain a school year with 180 days of student instruction divided into two 90-day semesters, with the first semester ending before the December holidays to allow for full-course instruction and testing prior to the long student break,” Jackson said. Read More»

BoE OKs $200K a year Internet ‘learning management program’

Educators at a recent Fayette County Board of Education meeting include (L-R) Barry Marchman, Dan Colwell, Superintendent Joseph Barrow, Chair Marion Key, Diane Basham and Leonard Presberg. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Teachers, students and parents in Fayette County will soon explore the touted benefits of a $200,000 per year learning management program approved Jan. 17 by the Fayette County Board of Education. The expenditure for the new program is included in the current budget.

Among its features, the Blackboard Learn program can be used to enhance teaching tasks and create assignments, manage content, collaborate with teachers across multiple school systems, analyze data and, for students and teachers, provide “anywhere/anytime” learning, according to blackboard.com. Read More»

Portion of old school to be transformed into a garden spot

A Jan. 20 decision by the Fayette County Board of Education paved the way for a community garden to be established on the grounds of the former Tyrone Elementary School.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said he had received correspondence from Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial indicating that a new garden club had inquired about using a portion of the former school grounds to establish a community garden.

Barrow said the requested location is on the northeast side of the former school.

“It’s a good idea and a good opportunity for the community,” Barrow said. Read More»

School system chooses path

The Coweta County Board of Education voted Tuesday to file a letter of intent to pursue Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) as the flexibility option for the Coweta County School System. Superintendent Steve Barker discusses IE2 and Charter System status at a Jan. 7 public listening session on flexibility options at Madras Middle School. Photo/Submitted.

The Coweta County Board of Education approved a letter Tuesday notifying the state of Georgia that the Coweta County School System will pursue IE2 status as the system’s flexibility option. Read More»

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