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Welcome back to Western Elementary

Welcome back to Western Elementary

Second grade students at Western Elementary School in Coweta County start the new school year. From left are Cindy Glass, Caden Jacobson, Jakaleb Stegall, T.J. Timpson and Molly Gasaway. Photo/Submitted.

UWG campus gets additional funds

The University of West Georgia (UWG) has received additional $2.6 million in funding for the renovation of its new campus in Newnan. UWG will continue to hold classes this year at its current location and anticipates opening the new campus on Jackson Street in August 2015 where it will serve 1,000 students. Read More»

Wow!

Wow!

Braelinn Elementary School teachers jump into the new school year at their first school pep rally to show their school spirit. Six teachers brave the “Gauntlet” challenge this week to get the kids excited about the Family Game Day that Braelinn has planned for September 20. These teachers have worked hard to get ready for the new school year and this was a fun way to jump into the year and have a little fun during the first week of school. The kids loved cheering on all their teachers and jumped to their feet as second grade teacher Mrs. Read More»

Students spend three weeks in Germany

 Fayette students and sponsors shown in front of the gates to the Saalburg, a recreation of a Roman fortress which was discovered on this site on the limit of the Roman Limes line. Photo/Submitted.

A total of 30 students studying German from Fayette County High, McIntosh High and Starr’s Mill High schools spent three weeks in the German state of Hessen this summer, completing an exchange with their German high school partners who visited Fayette this past April.

While in Germany, the Fayette students lived with host families and attended the German high schools of Main-Taunus Schule and Gesamtschule am Rosenberg. They also participated in field trips that explored different aspects of German history and culture. Read More»

Book time

Book time

First grade students in Kim Thompson’s classroom made their first visit to the Peachtree City Elementary School Media Center to check out a book this week. Students enjoyed listening to a story about Curious George visiting a library and were then allowed to select a book to borrow for two weeks. Pictured are Ami Ueno, Josie Marx, and Caroline Scott, all enjoying their new books. Photo/Submitted.

Award winner

Award winner

Two graduating seniors from Whitewater High School received the 2014 “American Legion School Awards” presented by the Fayette County Post 105. Channing Thomas and Wyatt Burke were selected by the faculty for their qualities of courage, honor, scholarship, leadership, service and patriotism. John Dufresne, left, Post 105 Whitewater Liaison, is congratulating Channing Thomas. Photo/Submitted.

School millage remains at max level

It is not an increase in the millage rate but it is an increase in property taxes.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted Aug. 18 to maintain the state maximum of 20 mills, which amounts a 2.24-percent tax increase due to an increase in property values. Keeping the rate at 20 mills means that taxpayers will see an additional .438-mill on their property tax bills that reflects the increase in the fair market value assessment for 2014. Read More»

Rhonda Smits is named state Nurse of the Year

East Coweta Middle School nurse Rhonda Smits has been named Georgia’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year. Photo/Special.

East Coweta Middle School nurse Rhonda Smits has been named Georgia’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year.

Smits received the honor at the July 16 meeting of the Georgia Association of School Nurses in Athens. Smits has been a registered nurse for 33 years and has served as school nurse at ECMS for 11 years.

“This is the first time the Georgia Association’s Nurse of the Year recognition has been bestowed on a Coweta County school nurse,” said Coweta school system spokesman Dean Jackson.
Smits began the school year on Aug. 5, during East Coweta’s pre-school orientation. Read More»

Teacher of the Year is presented with ring

From left, Dr. Darrell Evans (principal), Dr. Joseph Barrow (superintendent), Alexandra Vlachakis , Robert Smith (Balfour representative), Richard Smith (assistant principal), Kathy Smith (assistant principal), and Dr. Margo Wimbish (assistant principal). Photo/Submitted.

The first day of school year 2014 will be one Fayette County’s current teacher of the year will never forget. That’s because she has a piece of hardware on her right hand to remind her.

Alexandra Vlachakis, Fayette County Teacher of the Year for 2014, was presented with her official teacher of the year ring before the start of school at Sandy Creek High on August 7. She teaches web design, animation and computer science. Read More»

School board looking at Brooks as charter location

The former Brooks Elementary School campus. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

One week after turning down an application that would have Liberty Tech Charter School become a part of the county school system, the Fayette County Board of Education voted Aug. 4 to potentially lease the vacant Brooks Elementary School to Liberty Tech if the school is approved by the Ga. Charter Schools Commission. Read More»

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